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  1. 'X Factor' Singer Jahmene Douglas Bows At No. 1 in U.K., ‘Now’ Comp Shifts 300,000 Copies

    July 29, 2013 6:44 AM EDT “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has smashed the series’ own record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2013, previously held by its “Now 84” predecessor. As the Official Charts Company’s latest sales ...

  2. Michael W. Smith, Christian Music Icon, Leaving Provident For Capitol Christian

    July 18, 2013 10:53 AM EDT For the first time in his 30-year career Christian music icon Michael W. Smith has signed with a new label, exiting Provident Music Group to ink a deal with Capitol Christian Music Group, formerly EMI Christian Music Group. “When you’ve been wit ...

  3. Streaming Music Video Service Vidzone Comes to PlayStation

    July 16, 2013 1:48 PM EDT Sony Computer Entertainment America is launching VidZone, an ad-supported streaming music video service now available on the PlayStation 3. Gamers can access VidZone on their PS3 system by installing the free VidZone app. The app is supported b ...

  4. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

  5. Pandora Announces 100-Model Car Integration Milestone

    June 25, 2013 3:32 PM EDT Pandora, the embattled , emboldened digital radio company which serves up north of a billion listening hours to 70.8 million listeners per month, announced a milestone in its automobile strategy today, saying it is now available in over 100 diff ...

  6. Sony's Music Unlimited Updates iOS App with Offline Playback, High-Quality Audio

    June 25, 2013 6:31 AM EDT Sony is upping its game in the music streaming space. In a clear play to stay competitive with the likes of Spotify and Rdio, the entertainment and tech giant is updating its iOS Music Unlimited app to offer offline playback and high-quality aud ...

  7. Backbeat: Sony, iTunes Execs Hit the Scene, the Stranglers Rock the Spoke Club, DJs Spin Atop a Crane at Toronto's NXNE, MuchMusic Events

    June 21, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Toronto has been crazy busy the past two weeks with North By Northeast, Luminato (still going), the MuchMusic Video Awards and piggybacking parties and events. Billboard.biz squeezed in a few, starting with the NXNE kick-off at Toronto’s Drake ...

  8. New Music Seminar 2013: Beggars Group, Dualtone and More on the State of the Indie

    June 12, 2013 1:59 PM EDT Heads of prominent independent record labels, including Mom+Pop, Downtown, Dualtone and the Beggars Group, met to discuss the future of the indie sector Tuesday at the New Music Seminar in New York.   The discussion began with prospects for digi ...

  9. New Music Seminar: Music Subscription Companies Talk Differentiation in a Crowded Field

    June 11, 2013 12:35 PM EDT A panel of representatives from the music subscription business tackled issues including market differentiation, how to expand internationally and what Apple’s entrance into the space means for competitors Monday at the New Music Seminar. Paneli ...

  10. Publishers to Get Bigger Payday From Apple Thanks to Direct Licensing Deals

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT In cutting a deal with the Warner Music Group, sources say Apple caved on publishing and has agreed to pay at least 10 percent of advertising revenue to license the songs, sources say. While the WMG deal is for both master rights and publishin ...

  11. Pandora’s New TV Version Makes Sense for at Least 3 Reasons

    June 05, 2013 2:12 PM EDT Pandora and many other digital music radio businesses have a somewhat analog-style problem: music royalties scale up proportionally, the more people use the service. That makes internet radio services that rely on the standard, government-set ra ...

  12. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Sells Whopping 19,000 Vinyl Copies in First Week -- at $39.98 List Price

    June 01, 2013 12:45 AM EDT The sizzling sales statistics on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories " just keep on coming. "Random Access Memories" moved 19,000 vinyl LPs in its first week on sale -- accounting for 15% of all vinyl albums sold last ...

  13. Facebook, Twitter Execs Talk Music Apps at SF MusicTech Summit 2013

    May 28, 2013 9:22 PM EDT Facebook Strategic Partnerships manager Ime Archibong handed out social networking tips for musicians and music companies, while Twitter #Music's Stephen Phillips pleaded for patience from the industry at the opening of the SF Musictech Su ...

  14. Business Matters: Sony's Electronics Division 'Worth Zero,' Says Analyst

    May 28, 2013 3:36 PM EDT Competition from Apple and other hardware makers have helped render Sony’s electronics business utterly worthless, says one equity analyst. “Electronics is its Achilles’ heel and, in our view, it is worth zero,” Jeffries analyst Atul Goyal expla ...

  15. Sony/ATV Moving Nashville Admin Offices Downtown, Adding 50-60 Jobs

    May 21, 2013 12:41 PM EDT Music publisher Sony/ATV is moving its administrative offices from Nashville's famed Music Row to new offices downtown. Company and state officials announced the move Tuesday, saying Sony will expand its global administration offices, addin ...

  16. Sony's Music Unlimited Service Expands to Brazil

    May 15, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Sony Network Entertainment International’s Music Unlimited service is live in Brazil, according to a statement released today by the company. The cloud-based digital music subscription service is now available in 19 countries worldwide. The on-d ...

  17. Sony Entertainment Spinout ‘Inevitable,’ Despite Claims to Contrary: Source

    May 14, 2013 1:48 PM EDT The idea of spinning out Sony Corp’s entertainment assets isn’t a new one. It’s been in the air at 550 Madison Avenue for several years, as the once-proud electronics giant lost market and mind share in the consumer electronics market to Sams ...

  18. Billboard Latin Music Awards Winners List 2013

    April 25, 2013 5:01 PM EDT 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards WINNERS (GANADORES de Premios Billboard de la Música Latina 2013)   Artist of the Year: (Artista del Año) •    Jenni Rivera Artist of the Year, New: (Artista del Año, Debut) •    3BallMTY Tour of the Year: (Gira ...

  19. Diplo, Fun., Max Martin, Sony/ATV, More Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 18, 2013 9:03 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Max Martin, fun.’s “We Are Young,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and producer/DJ Diplo were among the top honorees at ASCAP’s 30th annual pop awards Wednesday night (April 17). Held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in ...

  20. International Music Summit Announces Inaugural U.S Event With Russell Simmons, Troy Carter, Skrillex, More

    March 28, 2013 12:00 PM EDT After six years spent in Ibiza -- hosting wide-ranging conversations with the likes of David Lynch, Giorgio Morode and others --  the International Music Summit is set to debut to America. IMS Engage, to be held April 17 at the W Hotel in Los An ...

  21. Subscription-Music Wars: The Greatest Trick the Majors Have Ever Pulled Off: Guest Post by Jason Herskowitz

    March 21, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Jason Herskowitz is a core contributor and co-founder of Tomahawk , an open-source music platform that -- among other things -- creates a music aggregation and interoperability layer across music providers. He talks endlessly on Twitter about ...

  22. Backbeat: Warner Sound's Second SXSW Showcase Brings Out Elektra's Castelaz, Tegan and Sara and More

    March 14, 2013 11:42 AM EDT On night two of The Warner Sound showcase captured by Nikon, the industry crowd mingled with some of the host label’s rising stars at The Belmont in downtown Austin, TX. Rock troubadour Gary Clark Jr. and Maybach Music's Rockie Fresh , the ...

  23. Beatlemania Revisited in 'Good Ol' Freda,' Documentary on the Beatles' Secretary, at SXSW

    March 09, 2013 9:43 PM EST "Good Ol' Freda" director Ryan White and producer Kathy McCabe, right, flank Freda Kelly, the Beatles secretary from 1962 to 1973, prior to the world premiere of the film Saturday at SXSW. (Photo: Phil Gallo) After doing the im ...

  24. Country Radio Seminar: Lady Antebellum Plays Intimate Show for the Industry

    March 01, 2013 12:45 PM EST What better time to spotlight country music’s hottest acts than when you have more than 2,000 radio professionals in town? That was the case last night in Nashville, with a long line of options for those in town for the Country Radio Seminar. Some ...

  25. Francis Keeling, Universal Music’s Global Head of Digital Business: Google Streaming Service ‘Is the Biggest Funnel We Can Have’

    February 26, 2013 3:53 PM EST Google’s entrance into the music streaming market would provide the music industry with “arguably the biggest funnel we can have” with regards to turning music consumers onto legal licensed services, says Francis Keeling, Universal Music’s globa ...

  26. Backbeat: Oscar Music Nominees Gather at Pre-Awards Reception

    February 24, 2013 1:30 PM EST Oscar-nominated songwriters were honored Saturday. Back row, from left, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Walter Murphy and Paul Epworth; front row, Herbert Kretzmer, J. Ralph, Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri. LOS ANGELES -- Barbra Streis ...

  27. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  28. Video: Super Bowl Ad Preview With Usher, Fleetwood Mac, Flaming Lips and More

    January 31, 2013 2:16 PM EST Advertisers shelled out new record dollar amounts for 30-second spots at this year's Super Bowl, but as more ads feature current hits and emerging singles as their soundtrack, the Super Bowl has also grown into a top hit-making destination ...

  29. Eve Forms Label, Releasing First Album in 11 Years

    January 24, 2013 2:28 PM EST Following an eleven-year recording hiatus, rapper-actress Eve has announced that her fourth studio album will be released this spring. "You can officially expect Lip Lock on May 14," she promises in a new interview. While she originall ...

  30. T.I. Shopping $75 Million Deal: Report

    January 20, 2013 2:01 PM EST T.I.'s contract with Atlantic expired last month, according to a report in TMZ , and he's working on getting a $75 million deal. The package reportedly would include three albums; 10-20 percent of publishing, touring, merchandise, film a ...

  31. Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running

    January 14, 2013 2:30 PM EST Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trad ...

  32. David Bowie Has First U.K. Top Ten Single in Nearly 20 Years

    January 14, 2013 1:55 PM EST Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) started yet another stint at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as "Scream & Shout" (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears reached ...

  33. Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Unreleased Material From Michael Jackson, Other Sony Artists

    January 14, 2013 11:30 AM EST A British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music - including Michael Jackson tracks - from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment. Officials said that music a ...

  34. Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Unreleased Material From Michael Jackson, Other Sony Artists

    January 13, 2013 5:05 PM EST British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music - including Michael Jackson tracks - from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment. Officials said that music afi ...

  35. Six Technology Trends from CES That Will Shape 2013

    January 13, 2013 1:32 PM EST Every January, the Consumer Electronics Show gives the world a preview of the flood of gadgets heading our way in the coming year and beyond. Some are incredibly silly, while others are complete game changers. All promise to make people's liv ...

  36. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and David Bowie: Classic Rock Icons in the Digital Age

    January 11, 2013 7:26 PM EST It's been an extraordinary last couple of days for three icons of classic rock who this week faced a music industry they couldn't have possibly imagined in their heydays. It's interesting, though, to consider the unique and very dif ...

  37. Romeo Santos Honored As Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Awards

    January 11, 2013 6:46 PM EST Romeo Santos, whose solo debut Formula, Vol 1 (Sony) was 2012's top-selling Latin album, will be honored as songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This marks th ...

  38. Tiffany Alvord Talks New Year's Eve Performance, YouTube Tips for Success

    December 31, 2012 8:00 PM EST Tiffany Alvord, an unsigned singer/songwriter of YouTube fame, has finally earned a place in the mainstream spotlight. Alvord is slated to appear on the Nivea stage in New York City's Times Square during New Year's Eve along with Carly R ...

  39. Emeli Sande's 'Our Version of Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller

    December 31, 2012 6:10 AM EST The final U.K. charts of 2012, published Sunday (Dec. 30), showed Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. "X Factor" winner James A ...

  40. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  41. What Really Happened to Sony and Universal's 2 Billion Missing YouTube Views

    December 21, 2012 5:12 PM EST On Thursday, when YouTube sent out its regular reports on view counts, one data company, SocialBlade, noticed that the channel views for Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group saw its channel count sliced by about 2 billion views. That ...

  42. 2013 Grammy Awards: Pop Solo Performance Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:54 AM EST It's a woman's world in the category this year Best pop solo performance "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)" Adele FROM: Live At The Royal Albert Hall SONGWRITERS: Fraser T. Smith, Adele Adkins PUBLISHERS: Universal Music Publishing/ ...

  43. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  44. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  45. Bruno Mars Tops U.K. Album Chart; James Arthur Has Year's Fastest-Selling Single

    December 17, 2012 7:15 AM EST In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec.23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible" (Syco Music/Sony ...

  46. L.A. Reid's Career Timeline: From Deele to 'X-Factor,' LaFace to Epic, TLC to Bieber

    December 14, 2012 5:40 PM EST - May 1988 The R&B group with Ken "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid has his first top big hit with "Two Occassions" as a member of the Deele, which peaks at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 21. . - 198 ...

  47. Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, 3BallMTY Join Don Omar Atop Latin Charts

    December 14, 2012 8:24 AM EST Uptempo hits, collaborations galore and a smattering of high-profile new sounds stand out on the year-end Latin chart recaps. Following 12 months of continuous radio hits, Don Omar -- who has also been a major online presence -- nabbed the No. 1 s ...

  48. Music Biz 2012: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Year

    December 14, 2012 8:13 AM EST In what has to be the most memorable quote about our industry in recent memory, David Geffen -- during an event for the recent documentary about his towering career -- said "I'd kill myself" rather than get into the music business t ...

  49. Label And Publishing Execs to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:09 AM EST Suddenly, the music industry is teeming with executives on the rise, the potential leaders of the music industry over the next decade. For full details on this story, see the Billboard Year-End issue. Check Out All Out Year-End Coverage Right Here ...

  50. What's L.A. Reid's Track Record at 'X Factor'?

    December 13, 2012 9:25 PM EST With just a week left until the second season of "X Factor" wraps, Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has chosen to focus on his day job rather than do A&R from a seat on a television show. It's not an impru ...

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