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  1. Newbury Comics Shutters Stores, Warehouse In Wake of Boston Manhunt

    April 19, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Newbury Comics warehouse and office headquarters, which is located within Boston’s  lockdown zone in the manhunt for Marathon bomber suspect, is shuttered today, as are four of the chain's stores. "Early on we got the word not to open ...

  2. The Future Is Unwritten

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT It's becoming obvious that music specialty merchants - such as independent stores and retail chains including Trans World Entertainment, Hastings Entertainment and Newbury Comics - will likely be the last stores to carry physical CDs. Yet the ...

  3. Black Friday, Cyber Monday Great for Retailers; Record-Store Day Items Drive Music Sales

    November 29, 2011 1:42 PM EST While music merchants say that they too, like retail in general, experienced a strong sales for the Black Friday weekend, some of them acknowledge that music wasn't leading the charge. "We had a great weekend," says one chain execut ...

  4. 9/11: The Music Business Remembers

    September 09, 2011 1:10 PM EDT It was a magnificent, late-summer morning in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. The Yankees were atop the American League East with a 13-game lead over the second-place Boston Red Sox. The top box-office draws were P ...

  5. U.S. Mid-Year Album Sales Up for First Time Since 2004, According to SoundScan Figures

    July 06, 2011 4:28 PM EDT This year, U.S. album sales were up at the mid-year point, the first time that has occurred since 2004, the last positive sales-growth year posted by this country's music industry. For the week ending July 3, album sales totaled 155.5 million ...

  6. @NARM: Location Services Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

    May 11, 2011 9:06 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- Location check-in services like Foursquare and Facebook Places remain a point of great interest to record labels, artist managers and retailers. But so far, their value has yet to be either proven or understood. "We're jus ...

  7. UPDATE: First Half 2010 Sales Recap: Lady Antebellum, UMG Lead The Way

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" was the top selling album in the U.S. in the first half of the year, as a familiar downward sales trend proved to be not as dramatic as in 2009. The bad news: Second-half sales in 2010 will be matche ...

  8. Updated: UMG To Launch U.S. Pricing Test

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Group could rewrite U.S. music pricing when it tests a new frontline pricing structure, which is designed to get single CDs in stores at $10, or below. Beginning in the second quarter and continuing through most of the year, th ...

  9. NARM Video: Top Execs Address Industry Challenges

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from 350 different music companies have descended on San Diego for the National Assn. Of Recording Merchandisers convention, which runs June 7–10, to address some of the major issues facing the industry: declining revenues, retail ...

  10. SKU'ing Up

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the past two years, one 29-year-old Bay Area music fan reckons she's spent about $200 on music. She gets most of her music for free from blogs and BitTorrent trackers, but one recent release struck her as cool enough to get her to lay ...

  11. NARM Coverage: Def Jux Founder Stirs Crowd

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Def Jux founder Ameichi Uzoigwe delivered some provocactive statements that seemed to dismiss the relevance of music stores, today at the NARM convention's state-of-the-industry panel. But despite his statements -- which touched on music disc ...

  12. Newbury Ups Mello

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Newbury Comics senior buyer Carl Mello has been promoted to the role of director of media buying for the 27-store chain. Mello joined the Brighton, Mass.-based Newbury in 1993, working at that time in the warehouse. Mello was upped to assistant bu ...

  13. From The Magazine: Shop Talk

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Even though sales appear slightly off last year's pace in the first three weeks of the holiday selling season, music merchandisers say it still might outpace 2005. In particular, they cite a favorable calendar-which as H.L. Distributors owner ...

  14. Newbury Comics Makes Key Promotions

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dorfman named VP of marketing. Amy Dorfman has been promoted to VP of marketing at Brighton, Mass.-based retail chain Newbury Comics. Dorman, who was previously director of marketing, reports to CEO Mike Dreese. In another move, the company's ...

  15. Retail Nixes Street Date For 50 Cent

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST As can be expected whenever an album is moved to a non-Tuesday release, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" is already experiencing major street-date violations. As can be expected whenever an album is moved to a non-Tuesday release, 50 Cent&# ...

  16. Huge Weekend Bow For Eminem

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Amid a chaotic weekend of street-date violations at retail, Eminem's "Encore" (Aftermath/Interscope) is emerging with huge sales. Industry observers estimate that the set -- which was originally sched Amid a chaotic weekend of stree ...

  17. Indie Assn. AFIM To Shut Down

    April 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Assn. For Independent Music (AFIM) is dissolving, effective April 15. All current AFIM members will be offered an opportunity to join NARM. In 2002 and 2003, AFIM held its national convention in c The Assn. For Independent Music (AFIM) is diss ...