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  1. K-Pop Star Earnings Swell in Recent Years

    January 19, 2015 4:57 PM EST Your favorite K-pop stars are making bank and largely have their international fans to thank for it. According to  a recent report by South Korea's National Tax Service, the average annual income for Korean singers rose to 46.74 million won ...

  2. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diddy notches his best week yet on the three-and-a-half-year old Social 50 chart, as a teaser for his new video “I Want the Love” spurs a re-entry for the hip-hop mogul at No. 23. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions ...

  3. Rob Stevenson Promoted to EVP of Republic Records

    June 09, 2014 9:37 PM EDT One of the most respected A&R execs in the industry, Rob Stevenson has been promotion to evp of Republic Records from his prior position as evp A&R, it was announced by the label’s co-founders and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman. R ...

  4. Thinking and Acting Globally at the New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 9:09 PM EDT As the Internet age matures, it has eased international music distribution and changed artists’ touring strategies around newly developed global fan bases. This was the topic of "The Globalization of Music," a panel that was part of New ...

  5. One Direction Tops Hot Tours With $26.6 Million Stadium Trek

    June 05, 2014 6:31 PM EDT One Direction caps the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the first box office grosses reported from the Where We Are tour that kicked off in late April. The boy band’s world tour supports the 2013 album "Midnight Memories" and is set to pla ...

  6. Sam Kling Named SESAC SVP Creative Ops

    June 03, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Veteran peermuisic publisher in film/TV world will be based in organization's L.A. office. Sam Kling is named svp creative operations for SESAC. Based in the performing rights organization’s L.A. office, Kling will be responsible for refining ...

  7. Bill Young, Legendary Concert Promotion Professional, Dead at 74

    June 02, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Legendary concert promotion professional Bill Young, founder and COO emeritus of Bill Young Productions, Inc., passed away May 30 in Sugar Land, Texas, after a long battle with lung disease. He was 74. Related Articles Prince Rupert Loewenstein, ...

  8. Amazon Preps Prime Music Service For Launch Within Weeks (Report)

    May 29, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Another day, another tech behemoth getting into the music streaming business. Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to add a library of music to its hybrid Amazon Prime service within a few weeks, giving annual subscribers access to a limited catalog ...

  9. RESPECT Bill Would Put Golden Oldies Under Federal Copyright

    May 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT A new bill could help artists and labels collect royalties on the digital performance of older recordings while adding to the royalty expenses of the digital services that play them. Related Articles SoundExchange Launches Campaign for Royalties o ...

  10. SoundExchange Launches Campaign for Royalties on Pre-1972 Recordings

    May 29, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Listen to the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" from the 1973 album "Raw Power" on Pandora and the band will receive a small royalty. But listen to "Down on the Street," from the "Funhouse" album released t ...

  11. 'Searching for Sugar Man' Star Facing Trouble Over Dealmaking

    May 28, 2014 9:06 PM EDT Searching for Sugar Man star Sixto Rodriguez spent years out of the limelight until an Oscar-winning documentary showcased how the Michigan-born songwriter had secretly become a huge star in South Africa. Stardom has its price, though. Now, the ne ...

  12. Coldplay Aiming for Second Week Atop Billboard 200

    May 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT After Coldplay's big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Ghost Stories," it seems the rock band has a good chance of holding atop the list for a second week. "Ghost Stories" bowed with 383,000 copies sold in the week ...

  13. Chart Moves: Demi Lovato's 'Demi' Returns, Chart Hosts First World Cup Album, Carole King's 'Beautiful' Debut

    May 23, 2014 7:21 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , the Black Keys tallied its first No. 1 album, as "Turn Blue" debuted atop the list with 164,000 sold in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Michael Jackson came in second ...

  14. Brantley Gilbert Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Country singer Brantley Gilbert is on his way to a smashing debut on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Just As I Am" album, which was released on May 19, could sell around 200,000 copies in the week ending May 25, according to industry f ...

  15. Will Led Zeppelin be Gored by 'Raging Bull' Decision? (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Kenneth A. Linzer and C. Dana Hobart are partners at the law firm Hobart Linzer LLP, a Los Angeles-based trial boutique, representing the entertainment, intellectual property and technology industries.  The firm has successfully represented copyri ...

  16. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan Makes History on Country Airplay; Kid Ink Rewrites Rap Airplay Record; Marc Anthony Reclaims No. 1 Mark on Tropical Airplay

    May 23, 2014 11:38 AM EDT As previously reported , John Legend rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All of Me" and Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" s ...

  17. 5 Seconds of Summer Hit Top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 22, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Pop/rock quartet 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) is quickly becoming an online force that can sway its online fan army to achieve Social 50 chart success. This week, following 5SOS’ performance on the May 18 Billboard Music Awards, the band surges into ...

  18. Viggle Expands Into Music Identification

    May 22, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting some more competition. Viggle , an online platform that allows television viewers to "check in" to programs they watch, is branching out to music. Now the Viggle mobile app has been expanded to include a music identific ...

  19. Coldplay Heading for Year's Best Sales Week

    May 21, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Coldplay's new album, "Ghost Stories", is on track to score the largest sales week of the year. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on May 19, may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 copies by the end of the tracki ...

  20. Audiam Expands Into Publishing Administration

    May 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Audiam has expanded its expertise in mining YouTube revenue opportunities to offering its services to unlock revenues tied up at other digital services due to data problems gumming up proper accounting and payments. Initially billed as a service ...

  21. LA's Latino 96.3 FM Switches from Urban to Pop, Shakira Helps Launch Mega Brand

    May 19, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Targeting the millennial generation, executives of Spanish Broadcasting System have rebranded the longtime L.A. urban radio station Latino 96.3 FM to the new pop-based Mega 96.3 FM in hopes of luring the coveted bilingual and bicultural audience. ...

  22. Chart Moves: Jason Derulo 'Wiggle's Up Hot 100; Black Keys Unlock Alternative No. 1; Jamiroquai Jams Back Onto Dance Charts

    May 16, 2014 7:58 PM EDT As previously reported, John Legend leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "All of Me" and Paramore scores its second top 10, as "Ain't It Fun" jumps 13-10. Who makes news on Billboard song charts this week?  - ...

  23. Michael Jackson, Black Keys Vie for No. 1

    May 16, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton and Tori Amos Heading for Top 10 There's a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as both Michael Jackson's "Xscape" and the Black Keys' "Turn Blue" have their sights set on ...

  24. Cumulus and WestwoodOne to Cover Billboard Music Awards

    May 16, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Cumulus Media and WestwoodOne will provide exclusive backstage audio coverage on Dick Clark Productions’ Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards Radio Row for the show being held on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, airing live at 8 p.m. ET/PT ...

  25. Universal Music’s Quarter Dips As Downloads Sag, Subscriptions Not Yet an Offset

    May 15, 2014 8:28 PM EDT Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, posted a 2 percent dip in revenue at constant currency in the first quarter as the industry-wide slowdown in the digital downloads started to impact the business. Even though Universal M ...

  26. Dave Diamond, Legendary Rock Radio Deejay, Dies at 77

    May 15, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Dave Diamond, whose influential “The Diamond Mine” rock radio show was wildly popular in Los Angeles and San Francisco starting in the 1960s, died May 5 at his home in Spearfish, S.D. He was 77 and had been battling pneumonia. In 1967, Diamond was ...

  27. Miley Cyrus' Mom and Tyrese's 'Billionaire' Video Stir Big Social Chart Gains

    May 15, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Thanks in part to revised chart methodology, Miley Cyrus zooms from No. 18 to No. 2 on the latest Social 50 chart. As the chart has been reconfigured to emphasize reactions of fans to an artist's postings on social networks, a well-liked phot ...

  28. New Music Seminar Returns for Annual Conference in New York June 8-10

    May 15, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Nile Rodgers and Atlantic head Craig Kallman will conduct the Producer’s Movement session. Long before SXSW, there was the New Music Seminar, a hotbed of activity co-founded by Tommy Boy head Tommy Silverman in 1980 for the then-emerging independe ...

  29. Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music All Take Cash Stakes in Shazam, Betting on IPO

    May 14, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have all bought stakes in privately held Shazam Entertainment in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the talks. Related Articles Shazam Narrows Losses As Re ...

  30. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:07 PM EDT Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  Related Articles SFX ...

  31. Pulse Recording and Fujipacific Music (West) Pact for Funding Commitment

    May 13, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Music publisher, management and music services company Pulse Recording and Fujipacific Music (West) have joined together to form Pulse Music Publishing, a partnership between that will encompass Pulse's existing music publishing catalog and f ...

  32. RCA Brings in Promo Vet Dennis Blair as SVP

    May 13, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Nipper gets his man. Dennis Blair returns to the RCA Records label as svp promotion, reporting to evp/gm Joe Riccitelli, based in the company’s N.Y. headquarters. Blair will be responsible for overseeing the promotion campaigns for rock, alternati ...

  33. Pentatonix Signs to RCA Records

    May 13, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The viral a cappella quintet has previously released three albums and collected over 445 million YouTube views on various covers of pop hits. Pentatonix has been signed to RCA Records, it was announced Tuesday. The Sing-Off season-three champs and ...

  34. John Legend Invests in Video Start-Up Adventr

    May 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT John Legend currently sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart with the ballad “All of Me,” but he’s also making a splash this week as a tech investor. Legend is among the backers of newly-launched web video start-up Adventr, co-founded by his ...

  35. Pasquale Rotella's Insomniac & Interscope Geffen A&M Launch New Imprint (Exclusive)

    May 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Top dance music producer Arty is the first act signed to the new record label. EDM comes to IGA. Insomniac CEO/founder Pasquale Rotella has partnered with Interscope Geffen A&M to create a new EDM label, Insomniac Records. Insomniac Record ...

  36. Veteran Country Music Agent Kevin Neal Joins WME as Partner

    May 12, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Veteran country music agent Kevin Neal, who for the better part of 30 years has called Buddy Lee Attractions his home, has joined WME as a partner. He brings with him acts such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Parmalee. Related ...

  37. Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law

    May 12, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch ...

  38. Motown Appoints Myisha Brooks Vice President of Creative Relations & Marketing

    May 12, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Motown Records has announced Myisha Brooks will be its new vice president of creative relations and marketing.  In the newly created position, Brooks will report to president Ethiopia Habtemariam, taking on responsibilities of marketing, artist de ...

  39. Hunter Hayes' 'Storyline' Heading for Top Three on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 09, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Twenty-two-year-old Hunter Hayes is aiming for his highest charting album yet on the Billboard 200, as his sophomore set, "Storyline," could debut at No. 3 next week. Industry sources forecast the album, which was released on May 6, may ...

  40. Bubbling Under: DJ Cassidy Previews All-Star Album With R. Kelly, Robin Thicke & More

    May 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: DJ Cassidy, Chasin' Crazy and Vado   DJ Cassidy Veteran New York spinner DJ Cassidy has ga ...

  41. YouTube at Music Biz Conf: 'Supporting Artists at Any Stage in Their Career’

    May 08, 2014 9:47 PM EDT While some might believe that technology companies and record labels have a long history at being at loggerheads, YouTube is moving beyond that perception by paying over $1 billion to labels and publishers over the last few years. That was the mes ...

  42. Jennifer Lopez's 'First Love' Sparks Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 08, 2014 8:59 PM EDT As the promotion for Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming studio album "A.K.A." (due June 17) kicks into gear, the diva rises 19-11 on the Social 50 chart -- her highest rank in nearly two months.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on Y ...

  43. Sub Pop Records Co-Founder Wins Independent Spirit Award at Music Biz Conference

    May 08, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Jonathan Poneman, who gave Nirvana and Fleet Foxes their start at Sub Pop, revealed the philosophy that conquered the world of music from an unlikely place as he accepted the award. Jonathan Poneman, cofounder of Sub Pop Records, which launched Ni ...

  44. Latin Recording Academy Launches Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

    May 08, 2014 8:00 AM EDT It's been 15 years since the launch of the Latin Grammy Awards, and as part of the anniversary the Latin Recording Academy is introducing a new educational initiative with a global reach.  Overseen by Latin Recording Academy vice president Ma ...

  45. Muve Music Up For Sale (Sources)

    May 07, 2014 9:55 PM EDT Muve Music, the leading paid U.S. subscription play, bundled as part of the Cricket Wireless service, is being put up for sale according to people familiar with early discussions. News of the sale discussions was first reported by New York Times . ...

  46. Charlotte’s Reflection Sound Closes, Early R.E.M. Recording Studio

    May 07, 2014 9:02 PM EDT The past decade has been difficult for many recording studios, as they’ve struggled to compete against do-it-yourself home production amid broader changes in the music business. The latest studio to give up the ghost appears to be Reflection Sound ...

  47. Venezuelan Up-and-Comer Oscarcito Signs to Sony U.S. Latin

    May 07, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Back in early 2013, Billboard flagged Venezuelan singer/songwriter Oscarcito as a face-to-watch based on catchy tunes that were gaining chart traction both in his home country and here. Oscarcito’s performance of his own “Tu eres Perfecta” (You’re ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 'Now 50' Eyeing Top Spot on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 07, 2014 6:53 PM EDT The latest "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilation may bring an end to the "Frozen" soundtrack's reign at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast "Now 50" to sell more than 120,000 co ...

  50. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Signs Tesla, Trey Bruce; Big Deal Music Nabs Ray LaMontagne; Downtown Renews Neon Trees

    May 07, 2014 12:57 PM EDT -- Round Hill Music has acquired the entire song publishing catalog of Tesla , the hard rock act that sold 5.3 million album copies during the Nielsen SoundScan era of tracking data and 14 million overall in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not dis ...

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