1. RadioShack Closing 1,100 Stores As Troubles Grow

    March 04, 2014 1:57 PM EST RadioShack plans to close up to 1,100 stores in the U.S. as its troubles continue to grow. The struggling electronics retailer made the announcement Tuesday while reporting a wider quarterly loss after a disappointing holiday season. Its stock tum ...

  2. RuPaul Messages Pirates With Decoy Album: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!'

    March 03, 2014 6:45 PM EST RuPaul's Posts Decoy Album on Pirate Sites With Message: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!' RuPaul Charles, who has built a career on an over-the-top irreverence for convention, pulled another fast on ...

  3. AEG Live, Transom Capital Merge BandMerch with Cinder Block, Creating Merch Powerhouse

    March 03, 2014 3:23 PM EST AEG Live and Transom Capital Group have announced that their entertainment licensing and merchandising companies, BandMerch and Cinder Block, respectively, will merge into a standalone company. The new Los Angeles-based entity, which will continue ...

  4. Chart Moves: Metallica's Best-Selling Black Album Approaches 16 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:19 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to "Frozen" returned to No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week, marking the longest run at No. 1 for a soundtrack since 1998. The highest debut this week was owned by Cole Swinde ...

  5. Romeo Santos, Kid Cudi Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 28, 2014 8:01 PM EST The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo Santos, Beck and Dierks Bentley. ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" seems set for a No. 1 debut, perha ...

  6. Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Hits 1 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 6:44 PM EST Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album crosses the 1 million sales mark, becoming the first debut set to do so since last October. The set rises 7-6 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling another 30,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 2 ...

  7. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 4:50 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; ...

  8. Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Cover Debacle (Exclusive)

    February 27, 2014 6:38 PM EST Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.   Drake had been working with ID for the past year ...

  9. Round Hill Music, Gavin Rossdale Acquire First Four Bush Albums from Kirtland (Exclusive)

    February 26, 2014 7:59 PM EST Round Hill Music and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has acquired the first four Bush albums from Kirtland Records.   Terms of the deal, which also included a fifth Bush title, were not disclosed. But sources say Round Hill paid about $5 million for ...

  10. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 6:59 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to i ...

  11. Weird Merch: James Murphy's Coffee Is Here, Named After His Forthcoming Cafe

    February 26, 2014 4:29 PM EST In early 2012, James Murphy -- former LCD Soundsystem leader and Arcade Fire producer du jour -- first intimated his interest in producing his own coffee. Late last year, it was reportedly finished. Now, it's actually finished and available t ...

  12. Sony To Close Two-Thirds of U.S. Retail Stores

    February 26, 2014 2:30 PM EST Sony Corp. says it is closing about two-thirds of its U.S. Sony Stores is part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month. Related Articles Sony Finds New Headquarters on Madison Square Park Third Point's Daniel L ...

  13. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  14. Sub Pop and Seattle Rock to Conquer Sea-Tac Airport With Retail Store

    February 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Sub Pop Records, noted for hits by Nirvana, The Shins, and the Postal Service, will open a retail store in April 2014 at Sea-Tac International Airport. The location is auditioning managers for the store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (send ...

  15. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  16. Why Live Concert Streaming Has Yet To Take Off

    February 21, 2014 10:46 AM EST In some form or another, jam band Umphrey's McGee posts every show it performs on the Internet -- you can find its 2006 version of "Dick in a Box" on YouTube, listen to nearly 1,000 shows for $9.99 per month via UMLive.net and ...

  17. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer Sends ‘Hooked On a Feeling’ Sales Through the Roof

    February 20, 2014 7:14 PM EST 0 2.637 k 271 1 Oogachaka!   Sales of Blue Swede's "Hooked On a Feeling" have gone through the roof following its use in the new trailer for the film "Guardians of the Galaxy."   The song sold more than 2,000 downloads on Wednesda ...

  18. Eric Church Eyeing Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 19, 2014 9:39 PM EST With no new major competition to compete with, it seems that Eric Church's "The Outsiders" could nab a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Eric Church Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Outsiders' It's too e ...

  19. Strategy for Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ Album Banks on Oscars, Red Bull Ad and Europe (Exclusive)

    February 19, 2014 9:34 PM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, “Happy,” will definit ...

  20. Eric Church Heading for Country Music's Best Week in Six Months

    February 14, 2014 9:16 PM EST Country music is about to tally its biggest sales week for an album in six months, thanks to Eric Church. The singer's new album, "The Outsiders," could sell upwards of 280,000 to 300,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Su ...

  21. Chart Moves: 'LEGO Movie' Soundtrack Debuts, the Beatles Gain After CBS Special

    February 14, 2014 5:24 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the new "Now 49" compilation took over at No. 1 , bumping the "Frozen" soundtrack down to No. 2 after four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. The "Now 49" set marked just the 2 ...

  22. Jason Aldean Tops Hot Tours With $5 Million in Ticket Sales

    February 14, 2014 4:51 PM EST Jason Aldean launched the final leg of his Night Train tour with a packed arena crowd on Jan. 16 in Des Moines, Iowa, the first stop on a final stretch that will run through mid-March.  More than $5 million in ticket sales from the first eight ven ...

  23. De La Soul Gives Away Entire Catalog For Free

    February 14, 2014 1:03 PM EST De La Soul is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, "3 Ft High and Rising” by making their entire discography for free. Their catalog -- including original, remixes and instrumentals -- can be downloaded for free on their web ...

  24. Scooter Braun on Relaunching British Knights Sneakers: 'Artists Are the New Athletes' (Exclusive)

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Music mogul Scooter Braun is reviving sneaker brand British Knights, popularized by its association with hip-hop culture in the late ’80s and early ’90s, for a new generation. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 33 - Scooter Braun, ...

  25. Executive Playlist: Vevo's Doug McVehil: NIN, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins 'Make My Spine Tingle'

    February 12, 2014 7:27 PM EST Executive Playlist is a new Billboard.biz platform where the movers and hand-shakers of the music business put together a music mix of their choosing. More often than you would think that guy or gal dressed in business casual at the conference tab ...

  26. Eric Church Album Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Biggest Sales Week Since December

    February 12, 2014 4:51 PM EST Eric Church's new album, "The Outsiders," is set to crash in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- with the best sales week of the year. Industry sources forecast the country album, which was released on Feb. 11, to se ...

  27. 'Now 49' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200, Bruno Mars Gets Super Bowl Bump

    February 12, 2014 11:24 AM EST After a two-week rule of the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200—and four weeks atop the list overall—the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside, letting the new "Now 49" hits compilation open atop the list. "Now 49" debuts wit ...

  28. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ Featured in Fiat Ad Global Campaign (Exclusive)

    February 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST Following its 2011 spots featuring J-Lo (including a music video-like spot where she performs her single “Papi”) and its 2013 campaign with Pitbull and Arianna singing “Sexy People,” Fiat is upping the ante for its new 2014 global campaign. Set ...

  29. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador (Read His Letter on the Appointment)

    February 11, 2014 3:23 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Bringing Record Stores Back to Black: Record Store Day's Carrie Colliton on U2, Retail Celebration ...

  30. CD Album Sales Fall Behind Album Downloads, Is 2014 The Year Digital Takes Over?

    February 11, 2014 9:30 AM EST For the third time this year -- and only the fourth time ever -- the year-to-date total sales of digital albums have exceeded those of CDs.   Related Articles The Year in Music 2013: Digital - The Download Hits Middle Age Business Matters: New ...

  31. Queen's 'Greatest Hits' Becomes First Album to Sell Six Million in U.K.

    February 10, 2014 6:34 PM EST Queen's "Greatest Hits," which is already the biggest selling album of all time in the U.K., now becomes the first album to have sold more than six million copies in that country. According to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company ...

  32. Toni Braxton, Babyface Heading for Their Highest Charting Album in Years

    February 07, 2014 8:45 PM EST The musical reunion of Toni Braxton and Babyface on their new album "Love, Marriage & Divorce" has proved profitable. The duo are aiming for the top five on next week's Billboard 200 chart -- the highest charting album since 200 ...

  33. 'Now 49' vs. 'Frozen' for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart Next Week

    February 05, 2014 10:08 PM EST The top of the Billboard 200 chart has been unusually heavy on soundtracks and compilations lately, and next week will be no exception. The new "Now 49" compilation album is heading for a high debut -- possibly No. 1, industry forecaster ...

  34. SoundExchange Celebrates $170M Paid to Artists in Fourth Quarter 2013

    February 05, 2014 3:04 PM EST SoundExchange celebrated its 10th anniversary with a record $170.4 million paid out to artists in the fourth quarter of last year, with a total all-time high of $590.4 million for the year, a 28% increase over 2012.   SoundExchange to Make Monthly ...

  35. New Signings: Riff Raff Joins CAA, Verve Inks Sarah McLachlan, Aloe Blacc Signs to Warner/Chappell

    February 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@B ...

  36. Third Man and Revenant Records' Massive Paramount Box Sets Off a Copyright Dispute

    February 04, 2014 3:44 PM EST "The Rise & Fall of Paramount Artists, Volume One (1917-1932)," a box set of music, art, and ephemera from Paramount Records' early days and the first of the two-part release "Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet," has bec ...

  37. Bruno Mars' 'Jukebox' Sales Jump 164% After Super Bowl Halftime Performance

    February 03, 2014 2:52 PM EST Bruno Mars is set to return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, thanks to his Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, February 2. According to estimates from industry sources, the entertainer's latest album, "Unorthodox J ...

  38. Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: 'We're in the Business of Discovering Artists'

    February 02, 2014 6:29 PM EST Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made a major announcement during his Keynote Q&A concerning a new partnership with the massive social media p ...

  39. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300 Partnership With Twitter During Midem Keynote

    February 02, 2014 3:04 PM EST Lyor Cohen used his keynote speech at Midem in Cannes, France, to announce that his new label venture, 300, has partnered with Twitter to develop A&R tools that will benefit the whole music business. (Billboard.biz caught up with Lyor Cohen t ...

  40. Chart Moves: Against Me!'s Highest Charting Album, Sara Bareilles' Grammy Gain

    January 31, 2014 7:23 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack ruled for a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 , while the "2014 Grammy Nominees" album entered at No. 2. Meanwhile, a number of albums saw early Grammy-rela ...

  41. Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves Heading for Huge Post-Grammy Sales Gains

    January 31, 2014 6:29 PM EST Daft Punk and Kacey Musgraves are primed to return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the wake of Sunday's (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, which won multiple awards and performed on the show, will likely see its "Rand ...

  42. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  43. Casting Crowns, Of Mice & Men Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    January 31, 2014 5:25 PM EST Casting Crowns and Of Mice & Men are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week. And for the latter, it'll be their best week ever. Industry sources suggest that Casting Crowns' latest album, “Thrive,” may sell ar ...

  44. Austin Mahone, Zedd and John Legend Lead Grammy Ad-Based Sales Bump Winners

    January 31, 2014 2:49 PM EST Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves and P!nk are among the artists seeing early sales spikes from their Grammy performances , but what about the acts whose songs made a splash during the ad breaks? With 30-second spots selling as high as a record $1 millio ...

  45. Billboard's 2014 International Power Players List

    January 30, 2014 11:15 AM EST For the first time, leaders from the international music business are honored with a Billboard Power Players report, presented here (being rolled out over three days Jan 29 -31) in association with MIDEM, the leading international event for th ...

  46. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  47. 'Grammy Nominees' Album Aiming for First No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 29, 2014 7:25 PM EST The long-running "Grammy Nominees" compilation series may nab its first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that the new "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation -- which boasts an array of artists an ...

  48. Rep. Jerrold Nadler Selected to Head House Judiciary Subcommittee That Oversees Copyright

    January 29, 2014 3:32 PM EST Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has been elected ranking minority member of the House Judiciary subcommittee that oversees issues vital to the music industry. A member of the House Judiciary Committee for 22 years, Nadler's selection is expected t ...

  49. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Grammy Compilation Debuts At No. 2

    January 29, 2014 10:59 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up 7% compared with its sales in the previous week (87,000). Th ...

  50. Music Business Association To Present Awards to Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman, Motown's Sylvia Rhone

    January 29, 2014 9:15 AM EST The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org, will present an Independent Spirit Award to Jonathan Poneman, Co-Founder of Sub Pop Records, and a Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement to Sylvia Rho ...

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