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  1. Exclusive: Pete Tong Expands 'Evolution' Radio Show Via Beatport and Premiere Networks Partnership

    August 13, 2014 2:55 PM EDT American commercial radio has been dogged for decades by limiting beliefs about its target market’s attention span, but Pete Tong isn’t buying it. “When you look at what intelligent television channels are doing, creating these incredibly deep ser ...

  2. Michelle Shocked Releases Silent Album of Songs Named After Digital Music Execs

    July 28, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Taking a page from the Vulfpeck playbook , folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has released an album consisting of silent songs that are named mostly after executives in the digital music world. Rambling Michelle Shocked Tells Piers Morgan � ...

  3. CC Media Holdings, Clear Channel Parent, Reports Second-Quarter Operating Profit Drop

    July 23, 2014 10:16 AM EDT The radio giant, led by CEO Bob Pittman, saw its media and entertainment revenue and total revenue rise slightly. CC Media Holdings, the parent company of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, on Wednesday reported slightly higher second-quart ...

  4. Clear Channel May Be 'On the Verge' of Something (Report)

    July 16, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Clear Channel's "On the Verge" program for boosting new songs is simple yet effective: Once a track is selected by program directors across the country, each of the company's hundreds of stations must play it at least 150 times ...

  5. Music Vault Releases Treasure Trove of Archived Concert Footage to YouTube

    July 08, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Today, online concert footage archive Music Vault is releasing 17,318 videos on its YouTube , give or take a few. "There are probably a couple that will fall out because we still need to go through and scrub for quality," says Bill Sa ...

  6. Does EDM Work on Radio? Behind a Boston Station's Pivot from Dance to Country

    July 03, 2014 10:49 AM EDT At 3 p.m. EST on June 14, Boston's Clear Channel all-EDM radio station Evolution 101.7 (WEDX) abruptly switched formats to all-country 101.7 The Bull (WBLW). “We are excited to launch 101.7 The Bull, a fresh new take on Country music, for our ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. After a Year of Experimentation, BitTorrent Bundle Wants to Make Artists (and Itself) Money

    June 29, 2014 9:49 AM EDT After hitting the '100 million' milestone, BitTorrent, the data transfer protocol long associated with piracy, continues to try and clear its name. One year and 100 million legal downloads later, the BitTorrent Bundle platform — an ...

  9. iHeartRadio Dir. of Digital Programming Mike Abrams Let Go

    June 23, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Mike Abrams, former director of digital programming at iHeartRadio, has left the company. "They eliminated a few positions, including mine," Abrams told Billboard.biz. "I don't know too much about it, since I work in L.A. and [ ...

  10. EDMbiz Conference: Why EDM Equals Millenials and a $6.2B Valuation Is Just the Beginning

    June 20, 2014 9:14 AM EDT The EDM industry is currently worth $6.2 billion, per a recent report at IMS Ibiza -- but depending on who you asked on Day 1 of the third annual EDMbiz conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, that number could be wildly conservative. “$6.2 billion ...

  11. iHeartRadio Reaches The 50 Million User Milestone

    June 17, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Clear Channel Media & Entertainment’s online radio platform iHeartRadio has signed up its 50 millionth registered user, according to a company statement . The well-promoted app has generated registrations faster than Facebook or Twitter; the f ...

  12. Big Machine, Cox Media Group Sign Direct Licensing Deal

    June 12, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Some country artists are getting more royalties when their music is played on AM/FM radio. Big Machine and Cox Media Group announced Thursday a direct licensing deal that will pay Big Machine for plays of its music on terrestrial and Internet radi ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Big Radio’s Hunger Games: Guest Post

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Ted Kalo is the executive director of musicFIRST, an organization representing a coalition of music industry organizations working on behalf of music creators to ensure they get fair pay for their work on terrestrial and digital radio.  In a dys ...

  15. Ross On Radio: Why Michael Jackson Has A Hit Now

    June 02, 2014 7:20 AM EDT And Why "This Is It," Wasn't Not even the overwhelming surge of interest in Michael Jackson following his death in 2009 could make "This Is It" a radio hit. Urban AC showed the most support for Jackson's first posthum ...

  16. EDMbiz Announces First Wave of Panelists, Speakers Including Hardwell, Tom Windish, More (Exclusive)

    May 29, 2014 1:43 PM EDT EDMbiz Conference & Expo today announced the first wave of speakers and panelists to appear at the annual industry event’s third edition this June. EDMbiz Returns to Vegas in June, Bigger Than Before Hardwell, Dyro & Dannic Talk Upcoming P ...

  17. Michael Jackson, Coldplay Hit Hot 100's Top 10; John Legend Still No. 1

    May 21, 2014 4:42 PM EDT John Legend's "All of Me" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All of Me," while Michael Jackson rewrites a pair of vaunted Hot 100 records, as "Love Never Felt So Good," with Justin Timberlake, bla ...

  18. Jay Z, Beyoncé On the Run With Chase: How The Bank Scored The Summer's Hottest Tour Sponsorship

    May 12, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Inside the bidding war to sponsor the hottest tour of the summer. This article first appeard in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . Jay Z and Beyoncé's On the Run tour is already one of the summer concert ­season's hottest engagem ...

  19. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Storm Onto Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts

    May 07, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The lead track from 'Xscape,' Jackson's new album, enters the Hot 100 at No. 20 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 6 It’s a royal return for the King of Pop to the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Michael J ...

  20. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake's Duet Off To More Than 'Good' Retail, Radio Start

    May 05, 2014 4:37 PM EDT The lead track from 'Xscape,' the late King of Pop's album due May 13, is headed to this week's Hot 100 thanks to a strong first few days of sales, airplay and streaming. Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's sleek new d ...

  21. Rdio to Expand Its Offerings as Cumulus Partnership Heats Up This Summer

    May 02, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Rdio’s tie-up with terrestrial radio operator Cumulus Media promises to be a transformative deal for the streaming music service, according to comments made by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey during that company’s first-quarter earnings call April 30. Cumu ...

  22. How An Unsigned Unknown Won Over Clear Channel

    April 28, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Katy Tiz leapfrogs onto the charts after becoming the first unsigned act named to the radio giant's new-artist initiative. This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard Magazine . Just one year ago, British pop singer Katy ...

  23. Music Biz Vying For Larger Chunk Of TV’s $20 Billion in Upfront Ad Dollars

    April 25, 2014 5:09 PM EDT This story was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The upfront season — when media companies secure some $20 billion in early advertising buys with TV, cable and radio networks and online content companies — is underway, and inc ...

  24. Ryan Seacrest Nears New 'American Idol' Deal, In Talks for Bigger Clear Channel Role

    April 18, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Though discussions continue, Seacrest has signaled that he likely will part ways with long-time partner NBCU and end his red carpet presence. Ryan Seacrest is zeroing in on his next chapter. Hollywood's hardest working multihyphenate is said ...

  25. Clear Channel Hit By Layoffs

    April 17, 2014 1:24 PM EDT On April 16, Clear Channel Music + Entertainment began what they termed an ‘alignment’ of radio station sales staffs at the local market and cluster levels. According to reports, markets of all sizes have been impacted. 22 people were rumored to b ...

  26. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  27. Digital Notes: LyricFind's BandPage Integration, Audiam's $2M Raise, Aether's Smart Speaker

    March 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST LyricFind integrates BandPage. The lyric licensing company on Wednesday said it has signed a deal with BandPage to allow artists to display band biographies, touring information and link to their online stores alongside lyrics requested by users o ...

  28. Clear Channel's John Sykes On Why We Need Another Award Show (Q&A)

    February 27, 2014 12:45 PM EST Wednesday’s news that Clear Channel would be entering the highly competitive TV awards arena on May 1 with the iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing on NBC from 8 p.m.-11p.m. ET/PT, has been expected since September. But the relatively quick turnaround ...

  29. David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen Lead Rally For Radio to Pay Performance Royalties

    February 26, 2014 6:23 PM EST The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.   “Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are a ...

  30. Clear Channel, NBC To Air iHeartRadio Music Awards May 1

    February 26, 2014 9:27 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first iHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, the company announced today, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Clear Channel Media and Entertainmen ...

  31. Scott Shannon on His Move to NYC's WCBS-FM: 'It's a Great Situation'

    February 26, 2014 8:00 AM EST Legendary NYC radio jock Scott Shannon resurfaces at NYC's WCBS-FM not long after bidding farewell to his longtime home at WPLJ.   Not long after sharing an on-air goodbye with 23-year “Scott & Todd Morning Show” co-host Todd Pettingill o ...

  32. Bandpage Signs Up Clear Channel, iHeartRadio

    February 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST BandPage, a company used by 500,000 artists to distribute their band information to various online sites, announced an agreement to supply artist bios, photos and tour dates to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio streaming music service as well as th ...

  33. Shakira, Rihanna's 'Remember' Roars At Radio

    January 14, 2014 4:17 PM EST The pair's new single, from Shakira's forthcoming album, is off to a fast start at top 40 and Latin pop radio after its first day of release. Shakira's new single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," featuring Rihanna, ha ...

  34. Clear Channel’s John Hogan Retires, Bob Pittman’s Contract Extended

    January 13, 2014 10:53 AM EST CC Media Holdings, Inc. today announced that John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, is retiring and has been awarded the title of Chairman emeritus of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. In the same announcement ...

  35. Clear Channel Announces iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin with Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood

    January 08, 2014 5:26 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment got such an overwhelming response to country music performers during the iHeartRadio Music Festivals, they've decided to start one geared toward country fans. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival will b ...

  36. Ross On Radio: Intriguing Stations of 2013, Part I

    January 08, 2014 2:02 PM EST Last year was neatly bookended by a few stations that represented the year in programming. It began with  Cumulus' WNSH (Nash-FM), the station that brought country back to New York radio after more than a decade, but as the flagship of a nati ...

  37. CES: Qualcomm Wants Gadgets to 'AllPlay' Together

    January 06, 2014 4:14 PM EST The goal of being able to wirelessly control all of your home's entertainment devices via a mobile app took one step closer to reality Monday as technology giant Qualcomm Inc. unveiled its AllPlay technology standard at the annual Consumer El ...

  38. John Sykes, Robert Sillerman on New Clear Channel, SFX Partnership: 'We Want to Be the Best'

    January 06, 2014 11:25 AM EST The just-announced SFX-Clear Channel partnership “came together rather quickly,” says John Sykes, Clear Channel’s president of entertainment enterprises, in part to match the speed of EDM’s development. “[EDM] is the fastest-growing music genre ...

  39. SFX and Clear Channel Partner for Digital, Terrestrial Radio Push

    January 06, 2014 8:30 AM EST SFX is partnering with Clear Channel on a marketing and content initiative that will place EDM-related programming on Clear Channel’s terrestrial and digital radio stations, and in its live venues. Announced in a press release this morning, the pa ...

  40. Business Matters: How Beyonce's Album Roll-Out Was Less Than Ideal For Radio, Retail

    December 20, 2013 4:25 PM EST Most companies probably wouldn't admit it, but they didn't like being left out of the pre-release promotion for Beyonce's new album, which unexpectedly went on sale exclusively at iTunes last Friday evening. Radio, retail, TV, the ...

  41. Clear Channel's Tom Poleman and John Ivey on Jingle Ball Expansion, Social Media and Oversaturation (Video)

    December 16, 2013 12:25 PM EST The red carpet of the annual Jingle Ball in Los Angeles was prime real estate for picking the brains of some of the industry's sharpest minds. In this short video Tom Poleman, president of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel, and ...

  42. Why Clear Channel Expanded Jingle Ball To A 12-City Tour

    December 12, 2013 2:39 AM EST Clear Channel’s first-ever IHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour, which kicked off Dec. 2 in Dallas, has turned its annual holiday pop concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden into a national touring franchise. Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Macklemore & ...

  43. Exclusive: Inside the New iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles (Photos and Q&A)

    October 11, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Clear Channel opened its first iHeartRadio Theater three years ago in New York, and on Oct. 22 the radio conglomerate will open its second venue in Los Angeles with a live album release party for Katy Perry’s “Prism.” Located at the Burbank Stud ...

  44. Johnny Wright, Tom Corson on Making Justin Timberlake the Year's Best-Selling Artist (Q&A)

    October 09, 2013 3:58 PM EDT Johnny Wright estimates he was the first partner of Justin Timberlake to learn that his star management client had finally recorded new music, in mid-2012. Gary Tobey, CEO of Target’s media buying firm Haworth, was “probably the third or fourt ...

  45. John Sykes to Receive Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award at Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Gala

    October 08, 2013 12:24 PM EDT John Sykes, Clear Channel's president of entertainment enterprises, will be presented with the T.J. Martell Foundation's Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award at the events upcoming ceremony in New York. Former President Bill Clint ...

  46. SoundExchange Distributes Record $153 Million in Q3, Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

    October 04, 2013 4:48 PM EDT SoundExchange set another record for distributions in the third quarter, sending $153.7 million to record labels and artists in the third quarter. The figure was 25.5% greater than the same period last year and 74.7% above the $88 million dist ...

  47. Clear Channel Recruits Katy Perry to Debut New iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles

    October 03, 2013 12:52 PM EDT The brand-new iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles will be the host of Katy Perry's release performance event for her new album "PRISM," Clear Channel announced today. Katy Perry Covers Billboard Magazine Own It | Read It Hear Her R ...

  48. Business Matters: Pandora's September Statistics Show No iTunes Radio Impact – Yet

    October 02, 2013 5:42 PM EDT Evidence of an Internet radio battle will have to wait a month. Pandora released statistics for September that show small, positive gains in both listener hours and monthly active users. Apple's iTunes Radio launched September 18th, giving ...

  49. Rep. Mel Watt Introduces Performance Right Legislation

    September 30, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt has introduced legislation that would create a performance right for sound recordings at broadcast radio and create a new revenue stream for record labels and artists. The Free Market Royalty Act, introduced Monday morning, would ...

  50. Nickelodeon Gets Into Radio with Clear Channel

    September 30, 2013 11:39 AM EDT Nickelodeon is getting into the radio business. The children's entertainment network has joined forces with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to create its own station on Clear Channel's online iHeartRadio. Nick Radio launched Mond ...

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