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  1. Cyber Monday Expected to See $2 Billion In Sales

    December 02, 2013 11:02 AM EST It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called ...

  2. Rough Trade Will Open Flagship U.S. Store Nov. 25 in New York (Exclusive)

    September 17, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Rough Trade, the iconic London music retailer that spawned Rough Trade Records and served as a cradle for post-punk music in the late 1970s, will open its first flagship store in the U.S. in New York on Monday, November 25. The store, a 15,00 ...

  3. Exclusive: Pop Tarts Books Demi Lovato, Owl City, Austin Mahone, More For Second Live Nation Concert Series

    May 30, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Kellogg’s Pop Tarts and Live Nation are re-teaming for Crazy Good Summer, a concert series that has been expanded from two to three shows this year. Confirmed performers include Owl City and Hot Chelle Rae, who will co-headline the first event ...

  4. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Biggest Issue Facing the Music Business Is ... ?

    December 21, 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. In the last of three questions we asked the industry "What will the mo ...

  5. Morning Fix: Liberty Vs. SiriusXM, DJs Stump for Obama, Deezer Comes To Asia

    August 15, 2012 8:25 AM EDT MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping If a re-launched MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians it once promised to be, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV today unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV ...

  6. Essence Fest Draws 413K, Record Sponsorship, Men; Announces 2013 Dates

    July 12, 2012 1:02 PM EDT The Essence of Essence (from left): Kimberly Paige: Associate Vice President African-American Marketing, Coca-Cola; comedian Kevin Hart; and Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks. (Photo: Walik Goshorn) The Essence Music Festival wrappe ...

  7. Exclusive: Montgomery Gentry Album to Be Sold at Buffet Inc. Chains, Benefit Military

    June 20, 2012 6:39 PM EDT Buffets, Inc., the Greer, SC-based chain that includes Ryan's, Old Country Buffet and other restaurants, will make its first foray into music by offering Montgomery Gentry's latest album, Rebels on the Run . Proceeds from sales will bene ...

  8. Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Juanes Perform at Walmart Shareholder Meeting, 50th B-Day Bash

    June 01, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores turned portions of its annual shareholder meeting Friday into a music festival of sorts, with Justin Timberlake hosting the event and several musical performances. Adding musical star power to the corporate event were ...

  9. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' Turns 25; Epic/Legacy to Release 3-CD, Concert DVD Box Set This September

    May 22, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Michael Jackson's Bad is all grown up, and getting the full deluxe treatment this Fall. The King of Pop's chart-topping 1987 album, which sent five songs to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, a feat not duplicated until Katy Perry sent ...

  10. Business Matters: Senate Passes Crowdfunding Bill, Pandora's Vastly Varied Valuation

    March 22, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Senate Passes JOBS Act Aimed At Helping Startups Raise Money Entrepreneurs of all stripes, and certainly some in the media and entertainment field, are likely applauding a bill that helps them raise money. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS ...

  11. Walmart Launches Disc To Digital Service

    March 14, 2012 8:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives. People who own DVDs or Blu-ray discs from five participati ...

  12. Backbeat: Faith Hill, Eli Young Band, David Nail Rock CRS 2012's Final Day

    February 25, 2012 3:47 PM EST The 2012 CRS New Faces line-up. The final day of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2012 featured a variety of panels and events and capped by the annual New Faces Show, which showcased young artists trying to make themselves known at radio. The morning ...

  13. Verizon To Launch Streaming Service With Redbox, Challenge To Netflix

    February 07, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks. Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent company, said Monday that the ser ...

  14. Cyber Monday Forecast To Set $1.2 Billion Sales Record

    November 28, 2011 7:15 AM EST There's good news for online retailers this year: Black Friday Internet sales jumped 26 percent, while Cyber Monday spending is projected to reach a record $1.2 billion, according to data released Sunday by market research firm ComScore. Blac ...

  15. F8 Conference Was Digital Music's Generational Divide

    September 23, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday may not have been a changing of the guard in digital music, but it will certainly go down as a critical inflection point. There was a noticeable generation gap in the day's events. Missing from f8 wer ...

  16. Rihanna's 'Cheers' Nears Hot 100 Top Ten; Adele, Lady Gaga, Tyler the Creator Get VMAs Bounce

    September 01, 2011 1:21 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, rolls to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, jumping 4-1 with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors for a third consecutive week. L ...

  17. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  18. Adele, Katy Perry Rule Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 06, 2011 6:42 PM EDT With 2011 half-over, Adele's "21" and Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), reign as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- shifting 2,517,000 and 4,120,000 according ...

  19. Update: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Will Sell 1.15 Million in Its First Week, Billboard Projects

    May 27, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Billboard projects that Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will debut with first-week sales of at least 1.15 million units, far outpacing earlier projections , thanks to explosive sales at Amazon, which priced the album at 99 cents for two ...

  20. Editor's Note: Why Billboard Isn't Revising Chart Policies for Lady Gaga's Amazon Deal

    May 26, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Ice-T's rage is nothing compared to the fury of Britney Spears fans questioning Billboard's chart policies ... Ah, remember the old days? Back when the Billboard 200 albums chart was as simple as adding up the receipts for thousands of d ...

  21. Chart Moves: Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Sting, Lady Antebellum

    April 21, 2011 6:30 PM EDT A look at some of the most notable movers and shakers on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles and Billboard 200 albums charts. The Billboard Hot 100: -- Rihanna: As previously reported , "S&M" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ...

  22. Music Sales Increase Six Weeks in a Row, First Time Since 2004

    March 31, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Something wonderful is happening in the U.S. Music sales have posted a year-on-year increase for six weeks in a row, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In fact, this is the first time since 2004 that U.S. sales have enjoyed a sales gain of this lengt ...

  23. Exclusive: Irving Azoff On Ticketmaster Competing With AEG/Outbox, Others

    February 08, 2011 11:02 AM EST Last week, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced a global ticketing joint venture with Outbox and Cirque du Soleil . In an interview shortly after, Outbox co-president/CEO (and former Ticketmaster chairman) Fred Rosen told Billboard, " ...

  24. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  25. Business Matters: France's Copyright Enforcement Agency Sending 2,000 Warnings A Day

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST France's Copyright Enforcement Agency Sending 2,000 Infringement Notices A Day -- Since November France's Hadopi authority has warned 100,000 suspected copyright infringers and identified hundreds of repeat offenders, according to a repo ...

  26. Business Matters: iTunes & Tap Tap Revenge 4 Have Very Merry Christmas

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST iTunes Page Sees Christmas Boost -- The iTunes download page was the eighth most popular web page on Christmas day, as ranked by Alexa.com. That rank is on pace with previous years -- it was No. 7 and No. 8 on Christmas in 2008 and 2009, respectiv ...

  27. Cracker Barrel Serves Up Cornbread, Eggs and CDs

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The thought of eggs over easy and country ham often means long lines at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. That's nothing compared to the wait The Grascals had, though. The bluegrass band waited three years to get what they wanted from the pop ...

  28. The Brains Behind Justin Bieber: A Conversation With Scooter Braun

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sunday night’s American Music Awards said it all: There’s a new Justin in town. The 16-year-old wunderkind — a title the multi-instrumentalist can legitimately claim — Justin Bieber won four awards (all fan-voted) during the ABC broadcast, includi ...

  29. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was suppose to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tw ...

  30. Verizon's Plans With Apple

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With rumors still swirling that Verizon will at some point begin carrying the iPhone, Apple and Verizon today revealed that the wireless operator will start selling the iPad as of Oct. 28. While some iPads come with wireless connections to the AT& ...

  31. Wal-Mart's Asda Moves Into Artist Exclusives

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart-owned U.K. mass merchant Asda has followed arch-rival Tesco's lead and signed its first exclusive CD deal with an artist -- veteran Irish singer/songwriter Chris De Burgh. Asda has not confirmed any plans for future releases, but for ...

  32. Eminem's 'Recovery' Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Week

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" album hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth consecutive week, selling 195,000 (down 15%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first set to notch four straight frames at No. 1 since Susan Bo ...

  33. Chart Moves: Jack Johnson, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Sleigh Bells

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart. -- Jack Johnson: The singer/songwriter scored his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with the bow of "To The Sea" at No. ...

  34. Rumor Mill: What Does Apple Have Planned For WWDC?

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference scheduled for the week of June 7, there are already plenty of rumors and speculation about what the company will announce. Adding significant fuel to that fire is Wal-Mart’s Monday announcement that it ...

  35. Glee's 'Madonna' Powers To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's all about "The Power of Madonna" this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where the soundtrack from last week's Madonna-themed episode of Fox TV's "Glee" debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according ...

  36. 'Glee' + Madonna = No. 1

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox TV's "Glee" and the Queen of Pop team up for "The Power of Madonna," which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 98,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . It's the first non-Disney TV soundtrack ...

  37. Analysis: Lower CD Prices Could Provide a Shot in the Arm

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When news broke last week that Universal Music Group Distribution will lower CD prices to $10 or less, the immediate expectation was an increase in sales. But lower CD prices should have other benefits as well. And even if other majors don’t immed ...

  38. Better Than Cheap? Distribution as a Commodity

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As prices for basic services drop, digital distribution is becoming a commodity with few differences between services. Artists and labels are being well served by low-priced distribution services that charge a flat fee and return 100% of retail sa ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Lady Antebellum Returns to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2, while six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last October. Afte ...

  41. Lady A Returns to No. 1; Blake Shelton Earns Top Debut

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2 ... A whopping six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last Octob ...

  42. Blake Shelton's 'Bone' To Debut Big On Billboard 200

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The highest debut on the Billboard 200 next week will likely come from country singer Blake Shelton, as industry observers suggest his new "Hillbilly Bone" may sell in the range of 60,000 to 75,000 by week's end on Sunday, March 7. ...

  43. Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 for Sade

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST There's no stopping the Sade party at No. 1 as the group's "Soldier of Love" retains the top slot on the Billboard 200 for a third straight week ... Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" spends its third week at No. 2 ...

  44. Live Nation, Wal-Mart Sign Ticketing Partnership

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff said the company has entered into an agreement to partner with Wal-Mart to offer tickets at Wal-Mart stores in select markets across the U.S. His remarks came during a panel discussion at the NBA Tec ...

  45. Analysis: The Paradox of the CD

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST The CD is the record industry's biggest problem and, yet, its biggest source of revenue - and it took another big hit in 2009. The format's sales dropped 17.9% from 2008. That's a predictable figure considering the previous two year ...

  46. Retailers: Chris Brown Album 'Overstocked'

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown's rant that U.S. music retailers are boycotting his new album "Grafitti," appears to be unfounded. Brown took to his Twitter account - which is now inactive - over the weekend to complain about the fulfillment and displa ...

  47. Update: Andrea Bocelli Tops Latin Albums Chart With 'Mi Navidad'

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Following a reprocessing of Nielsen SoundScan sales data for the week ending Dec. 9, Andrea Bocelli is now at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart with "Mi Navidad" (Sugar/Siente/Universal Music Latino) selling just under 7,0 ...

  48. Cyber Monday Misses Music: The Biz Waits For Cyber Week After Christmas Instead

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST While Cyber Monday managed to create a stir in most of the retail world, the music industry is waiting for the last week of December and the first week of January for its digital music bonanza. That's when stores like iTunes realize sales fro ...

  49. Q&A: Director Davis Guggenheim On iTunes' Music Movies

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Davis Guggenheim won an Academy Award for his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” His follow up to that was “It Might Get Loud,” a documentary about the electric guitar featuring legends Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White discussing their music ...

  50. Apple Unveils Music-Themed Movie Push

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple today will launch a new marketing and promotional effort designed to drive music buyers to music-themed movies in its video store. The most visible change to the iTunes service will be a Music Movies landing page dedicated to music films suc ...

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