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  1. Kid Rock Aiming for Eighth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 27, 2015 8:55 PM EST Kid Rock is on track for his eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his latest album, First Kiss , should open at No. 2 on next week's list. The set, which is his first for Warner Bros. Records after a long tenure with Atlantic Re ...

  2. Why Are Albums Released on Tuesday (For Now) in the U.S.?

    February 27, 2015 7:56 PM EST The recent news about the music industry adopting Friday as the global release day for new albums has prompted many questions. One of those is: Why are albums released on Tuesday in the U.S.? Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day For t ...

  3. Drake Ties the Beatles With 14 Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits

    February 27, 2015 5:57 PM EST Thanks to his surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated Feb. 28) with 535,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, Drake has tied a record that stood unmatched ...

  4. Twitter Head of Music Bob Moczydlowsky Exiting

    February 27, 2015 4:42 PM EST Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter's L.A.-based head of music, will leave the company next month. He joined the company in 2013 from TopSpin Media, where he served as the SVP of product and marketing, and was brought on to strengthen partnerships betw ...

  5. WFUV New York's Rita Houston to Celebrate Music's Healing Powers On-Air Tonight

    February 27, 2015 4:11 PM EST When it comes to healing, never underestimate the power of music. That's the unconquerable mindset of Rita Houston, program director and on-air talent at New York's adult alternative radio station WFUV. In August, Houston was diagnosed w ...

  6. Bill Cosby Asserts 'Self-Defense' Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

    February 27, 2015 2:38 PM EST Bill Cosby has been on the defensive in the past few months over allegations by many women who accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them. On Friday, Cosby's lawyers told a Massachusetts judge to dismiss a defamation claim m ...

  7. Foo Fighters, Florida Georgia Line & Romeo Santos Lead Hot Tours Ranking

    February 27, 2015 2:38 PM EST Rock band Foo Fighters and country duo Florida Georgia Line lead the latest Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) of the week's top-grossing touring artists with box office revenue reported from winter treks of their ongoing tours. The Seattle- ...

  8. ITV to Acquire 'The Voice' Producer Talpa Media

    February 27, 2015 2:05 PM EST U.K. TV giant ITV is in advanced negotiations on a deal to acquire The Voice producer Talpa Media, the Dutch production company created by John de Mol , Broadcast magazine reported Friday .‎ De Mol , also known as the man who created reality jugge ...

  9. The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets

    February 27, 2015 1:39 PM EST Early results of 2014 recorded music revenues from eight countries suggest the record industry won't have a global recovery as much as an uneven series of regional and country-specific recoveries. A country could have had a successful year in ...

  10. Leonard Nimoy's Brief, Unique Billboard Chart History

    February 27, 2015 1:26 PM EST On Friday, Feb. 27, beloved Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away in his Los Angeles home. He was 83. While not primarily known as a singer, Nimoy charted two eclectic albums (featuring a mix of spoken word and his singing) on the Billboard 20 ...

  11. Madonna Heading for 71st Top 40 U.K. Single

    February 27, 2015 12:10 PM EST Following her show-closing performance on the Brit Awards (Feb. 25), Madonna is set to debut in the top 40 of the Official U.K. Singles Chart on Sunday (March 1) with "Living For Love." The Official Charts Company reported that it would ...

  12. Korn's Original Drummer Sues Band for Breach of Partnership Agreement

    February 27, 2015 11:37 AM EST Korn 's original drummer David Silveria -- who helped found the pioneering nu-metal band back in 1993 -- is suing the current iteration of Korn for an alleged breach of their partnership agreement. Silveria announced he was taking a "tem ...

  13. Zedd, Selena Gomez Launch in Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart's Top 10

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  14. Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years for Sex Abuse

    February 27, 2015 10:10 AM EST Former pop star Gary Glitter has received a 16-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s. The 70-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, showed no response as he was sentenced Friday. Why ...

  15. Bjork to Keep 'Vulnicura' Off Spotify

    February 27, 2015 10:02 AM EST Icelandic singer Bjork has revealed in an interview that she will keep her new album  Vulnicura , released in January after leaking online, off of Spotify and other streaming services.  Album Review: Bjork, 'Vulnicura' "We're a ...

  16. Grand Ole Opry House Added to National Register of Historic Places

    February 27, 2015 9:20 AM EST The Grand Ole Opry's home since 1974 has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Opry's sixth home, the Opry House represents the heart and soul of country music and has hosted countless concerts, award shows, radio b ...

  17. Long-Serving Universal Digital Exec David Ring Exits

    February 27, 2015 8:18 AM EST Universal Music Group's veteran digital exec David Ring is out at the music major just days after his boss Rob Wells exited. Ring was, until recently, executive vp of business development & affairs at UMG. Way back in 2005, he was promote ...

  18. Lenny Kravitz Cancels Tour of Asia & Australia

    February 27, 2015 5:38 AM EST Lenny Kravitz has canceled his scheduled tour of Asia and Australia, citing "unforseen scheduling issues." The veteran rocker's trek was meant to include March dates in Japan, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, a headlining slot a ...

  19. Madonna Hacker Indicted in Israel

    February 27, 2015 4:10 AM EST The Israeli arrested on suspicion of hacking into Madonna 's computer and leaking unreleased music has been formally indicted. Five weeks after his arrest in Tel Aviv, 39-year-old Adi Lederman, who three years ago auditioned for Israel's ...

  20. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Motown Exec Wanted to Make Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye Mashup

    February 27, 2015 2:17 AM EST There were no celebrity piano performances on the third day of the "Blurred Lines" trial. But there was discussion of a mashup that never came together. The focus turned from the musicians behind the hit single, Robin Thicke , Pharrell W ...

  21. Kobalt Secures $60 Million Funding Round, Led By Google, To Scale Up Operations

    February 27, 2015 12:01 AM EST Independent publishing and music rights management company Kobalt has secured $60 million in funding to further develop its technology infrastructure and expand operations.   Leading the Series C funding round is Google Ventures, joined by MSDC Ma ...

  22. Breyon Prescott Heads Urban A&R at Epic

    February 26, 2015 10:40 PM EST Music industry veteran Breyon Prescott has joined Epic Records as head of urban A&R. In addition to developing new and existing talent, Prescott will house his Chameleon Entertainment imprint at Epic. Prescott is among the executive producers ...

  23. Analyzing Drake's Surprise Album Streams: Which Track Could Be a Single?

    February 26, 2015 6:45 PM EST Now that the first full seven-day tracking period after the release of Drake 's surprise mixtape album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late , has passed, its tracks are starting to storm onto the Streaming Songs chart.  On the cha ...

  24. Hozier, The Offspring & Elle King Surge on Rock Charts

    February 26, 2015 6:36 PM EST Hozier 's "Take Me to Church" spends a 19th week leading Billboard' s Hot Rock Songs chart, tying Lorde 's "Royals" (2013) for the third-longest reign. Imagine Dragons ' "Radioactive" holds the rec ...

  25. Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Eric Church Debut New Music at UMG Nashville's Country Radio Seminar Showcase

    February 26, 2015 6:18 PM EST What's country music going to sound like for the rest of 2015? Universal Music Nashville's sixth annual showcase at the Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 26 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, gave a pretty convincing indication that th ...

  26. Raheem DeVaughn Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums

    February 26, 2015 5:43 PM EST R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums with his latest set, Love Sex Passion , opening with 13,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. It's his first effort to top the two-year-ol ...

  27. Live Nation Releases 2014 Earnings: Losses Deepen as Revenue Ticks Up

    February 26, 2015 5:23 PM EST Acquisitions and steady demand for live music pushed up Live Nation's revenue, but the promotion and ticketing giant saw its bottom line fall in 2014. Live Nation's net loss to shareholders more than doubled to $186.5 million from $82 mi ...

  28. Juan Gabriel Earns His First No. 1 on Latin Albums Chart in 18 Years

    February 26, 2015 5:04 PM EST Juan Gabriel , the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter and performer, climbs to No. 1 on Top Latin Albums (dated March 7) with Los Duo, scoring his first chart-topping set in 18 years, after debuting last week at No. 2. Juan Gabriel Earns Career-High ...

  29. Blur Steps 'Out' on Twitter Top Tracks

    February 26, 2015 4:12 PM EST U.K. rock band Blur flashes onto Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks (dated March 7), earning a No. 15 bow for "Go Out." The group's newest offering previews their first studio album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, due April 28. Streaming h ...

  30. Billboard's Charts Department Responds to New Global Street Date

    February 26, 2015 4:00 PM EST Now that the major record labels have officially announced that they are moving to a Friday release day, the time for debating the logistics behind what the move could entail is over -- it's time to make some decisions. Industry Sets Friday a ...

  31. IFPI CEO Frances Moore Talks Global Release Day: 'People Have to Accept Change'

    February 26, 2015 3:55 PM EST "You're not going to please all the people all the time," says IFPI CEO Frances Moore on the subject of instilling a global release day for new music. "But we hope that eventually everybody will look back and realise that this ...

  32. Aaron Watson Debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, Oscars Lift Glen Campbell

    February 26, 2015 3:43 PM EST Texas/Red Dirt touring-circuit veteran Aaron Watson becomes the first solo male of the Nielsen Music era (1991-present) to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed/promoted stud ...

  33. YouTube Reportedly Still Unprofitable, Even With 1 Billion Monthly Users

    February 26, 2015 2:09 PM EST How does a video streaming service with one billion active users per month and $4 billion in revenue not turn a profit? Ask YouTube, which couldn't break free from breaking even in 2014, according to a new report. Sources tell the Wall Street ...

  34. FCC Votes to Preserve Open, Neutral Internet

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Following a protracted debate that drew millions of public comments, a White House endorsement and some GOP opposition, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday (Feb. 26) to enforce proposed rules that protect the agnostic treatment ...

  35. John Legend, Rita Ora, Nick Jonas Lead 'Finding Neverland' Compilation

    February 26, 2015 12:47 PM EST 
John Legend , Rita Ora , Nick Jonas and  Glee star Matthew Morrison will contribute performances Finding Neverland (Songs From The Musical) , a compilation due April 21 to accompany the Broadway debut of Finding Neverland on April 15. Featuring m ...

  36. Guest Post: Here's a Plan to Achieve Equal and Transparent Streaming for All

    February 26, 2015 12:38 PM EST Legal streaming is something I had been awaiting for years as a music fan. It took our industry over a decade to finally release platforms that are seamless for consumer use as opposed to suing fans in the Napster era. As I'm all about things ...

  37. 'Empire' Ratings Hit New High As Season Finale Approaches

    February 26, 2015 12:08 PM EST With only three more weeks left to its freshman season, Empire is still growing. For the seventh week in a row, the Fox drama clocked another series high -- rising to a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's technically even with last week ...

  38. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ariana Grande Blasts Into Top 40, Taylor Swift Debuts With 'Wonderland'

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, while two Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack singles, by Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd , scale the top 10. W ...

  39. Spotify Teams With Musixmatch to Bring Lyrics to Its Desktop App

    February 26, 2015 9:50 AM EST There goes your excuse for mumbling lyrics while singing along on Spotify. The streaming music service is taking a break from updating its mobile app to tout a new desktop feature  that gives users access to the massive lyrics catalog of Musixmatc ...

  40. Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day

    February 26, 2015 8:42 AM EST After seven months of semi-public back-and-forth, a conversation instigated in part by Aussie piracy and Beyonce's surprise release in December of 2013 has resulted in the global recording industry accepting Friday as the release date fo ...

  41. Martin Mills and Brian Message Take On Major Labels, Billboard 200 in Launch of Plan to Save Music Retail

    February 26, 2015 7:57 AM EST Less than a week after umbrella trade body UK Music launched a five-point policy plan to develop the music business, Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has followed suit with its own manifesto for growth. Supported by Beggars ...

  42. Sheppard, Sia, 5 Seconds Of Summer Top APRA Awards Nominations

    February 26, 2015 2:42 AM EST With four nominations, newcomer pop group Sheppard is the best-placed act heading into the 2015 APRA Music Awards. The Brisbane six-piece will face stiff competition from Sia and co-writer Jesse Shatkin , pop-punk boyband 5 Seconds of Summer and r ...

  43. Scarlett Johansson's New Band Hit With Cease-and-Desist Order

    February 26, 2015 12:54 AM EST Scarlett Johansson's newest music venture is not getting off to an auspicious start. The actress' band The Singles , which debuted its first song last week, has been hit with a cease-and-desist order, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed ...

  44. Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

    February 26, 2015 12:34 AM EST On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt , connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol . The lawsuit was brought by ...

  45. Big Sean Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 25, 2015 9:05 PM EST Big Sean is heading for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources project his new album Dark Sky Paradise to debut with 140,000 album equivalent units earned in the week ending March 1. That should be enough to enable the ...

  46. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley in Court

    February 25, 2015 8:48 PM EST The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday (Feb. 25) included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed by Robin Thicke . The singer, on the witness stand in the second day of the Los Angeles federal trial, played and sang a ...

  47. J Balvin Earns First No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs Chart

    February 25, 2015 8:00 PM EST Rising star J Balvin scores his first No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs as "Ay Vamos" hops 4-1 in its 25th week on the chart (dated March 7). The track takes Digital Gainer honors, climbing 78 percent (to 5,000 downloads sold in the week ending F ...

  48. Drake's Entire Album Is on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    February 25, 2015 6:47 PM EST Drake rules 42 percent of the 50-position Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated March 7), as the hip-hop star has 21 concurrent songs on the tally -- breaking his own record for the most simultaneously charting hits in the history of the chart. ( ...

  49. Regional Mexican Artist Ariel Camacho Dead at 22

    February 25, 2015 4:45 PM EST DEL Records artist Ariel Camacho died in a car accident early Wednesday (Feb. 25) in his native Sinaloa, Mexico. He was 22 years old. "My heart is broken by the loss of Ariel Camacho," Angel Del Villar , president and founder of the Regi ...

  50. Verizon, Cookman Management Launch Scouting Contest

    February 25, 2015 4:01 PM EST Verizon has joined with Los Angeles's Cookman management and Nacional Records in a search for "unsigned músicos" from the Western states. On the table is a recording session with Grammy-winning producer Andres Levin . The contest, c ...

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