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  1. Usher Teams With Honey Nut Cheerios & Walmart, Offers New Song Available Exclusively in Cereal Boxes

    November 10, 2014 7:38 PM EST A new song by Usher will be the prize at the bottom of select cereal boxes. Starting Tuesday, a exclusive single will be available for download with specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios packages purchased at Walmart stores across the country. Con ...

  2. Garth Brooks to Finally Go Digital at 'a Stupid Price'

    July 10, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Besides the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville  to release his new album, the big news from the country superstar's press conference for music ret ...

  3. Walmart to Cut Its CD Stock By Nearly Half

    April 08, 2014 11:46 AM EDT This article was first published in the April 12th issue of Billboard Magazine. Buy your copy here and subscribe right here . Walmart, the largest retailer of CDs in the United States, plans to downsize the amount of space it devotes to discs by 4 ...

  4. Pure's New Jongo Wireless Speaker System Will Work With (and Analyze) All Your Streams

    January 06, 2014 1:08 PM EST Pure announced today that its Jongo speaker system can now be used with any music, audio or radio app. The multi-room, wireless home audio system was previously only usable with the UK consumer electronics manufacturer’s own Spotify-like streaming ...

  5. Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

    January 03, 2014 9:21 AM EST .301 k 1.134 k 75 For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow Justin Timberlake&# ...

  6. 'Beyonce' Closing In on 1 Million U.S. Sales

    December 23, 2013 2:48 PM EST Beyonce's new album is nearing one million in U.S. sales and seems certain to top the Billboard 200 for a second week. After the set blasted in at No. 1 a week ago on the Billboard 200 chart with 617,000 sold in just three days, industry ...

  7. Business Matters: How Beyonce's Album Roll-Out Was Less Than Ideal For Radio, Retail

    December 20, 2013 4:25 PM EST Most companies probably wouldn't admit it, but they didn't like being left out of the pre-release promotion for Beyonce's new album, which unexpectedly went on sale exclusively at iTunes last Friday evening. Radio, retail, TV, the ...

  8. Target Not Selling Beyonce’s New Album

    December 16, 2013 4:55 PM EST While Beyonce's new fast-selling self-titled album is sure to be on many Christmas wish lists, there's at least one major retailer that's opting not to sell the album: Target. 'Beyonce' Fastest-Selling Album Ever in iTu ...

  9. One Direction Scores Historic Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart, Sells 546K

    December 04, 2013 10:28 AM EST One Direction's "Midnight Memories" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   The act makes history as the first group to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums ...

  10. Target Takes the Lead as Labels' Favorite Big Box (From the Magazine)

    November 18, 2013 3:19 PM EST This article is an excerpt from 'Maximum Exposure,' our comprehensive list of the 120 best places for music to be discovered by consumers -- from Super Bowls to Amazon Daily Deals -- which was the centerpiece of our most recent issue . ...

  11. Exclusive: Inside the New iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles (Photos and Q&A)

    October 11, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Clear Channel opened its first iHeartRadio Theater three years ago in New York, and on Oct. 22 the radio conglomerate will open its second venue in Los Angeles with a live album release party for Katy Perry’s “Prism.” Located at the Burbank Stud ...

  12. Super D's Acquisition of Alliance Entertainment In Context

    September 05, 2013 12:10 PM EDT In a minnow-swallowing-a-whale-like deal, Super D has acquired Alliance Entertainment in a move that will make it the fourth-largest U.S. music account behind iTunes, Amazon, and Anderson Merchandisers, which racks Walmart and Best Buy. Super D ...

  13. Backbeat: Essence Festival Draws Blue Chip Sponsors for Record-Setting 19th Year

    July 08, 2013 11:33 AM EDT Now in its 19th year, the Essence Festival has often described as an event “you just need to see to believe.” The three-day conference and concert festival is massive in scale — it’s attracted more than 400,000 people over three days for years ...

  14. Business Matters: Pandora is not Walmart

    June 19, 2013 6:09 PM EDT A new paper disputes Pandora claims it pays too much in royalties. Written by Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, "Understanding Webcasting Royalties" shines a light on Pandora's effort to lower its royalty costs. Eisenach is Managing Director ...

  15. Business Matters: Reports of the CD's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated

    April 01, 2013 3:18 PM EDT Even though CD revenues have fallen sharply over the last ten years, most predictions about the format have been wrong. The CD's decline, while painful to companies, has been far more gradual than precipitous. Over the last four years, CD ...

  16. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' First-Week Sales Getting Even Bigger: 850-900,000 Debut Projected

    March 22, 2013 4:37 PM EDT  "20/20 Experience?" More like "850/900 Experience." Industry sources now forecast that Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" could sell between 850,000 and 900,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunda ...

  17. Sony Music, BandMerch Ink Retail Partnership

    February 20, 2013 10:40 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with BandMerch, the merchandising division of promoter AEG Live, to expand and develop Sony’s merchandising programs in the North American retail market in conjunction wi ...

  18. Chart Moves: 'Nashville' Nets Year's Best Sales Week for TV Soundtrack on Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 8:30 AM EST Billboard 200 On the Billboard 200 albums chart this week , Bruno Mars' second release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," arrived in the No. 2 slot, selling 192,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It surpasses the No. 3 peak of his 2010 debut ...

  19. Backbeat: Julie Greenwald, Kathy Willard, Julie Swidler, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 03, 2012 4:28 PM EST All Together Now: Billboard's 2012 Women In Music honorees, present at the ceremony on Friday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd every year, and as you can see from the photos belo ...

  20. 2012 Billboard Women In Music Index

    November 30, 2012 7:39 AM EST . Julie Greenwald Atlantic Records 2. Jody Gerson Sony/ATV Music Publishing 3. Kathy Willard Live Nation Entertainment 4. Julie Swidler Sony Music Entertainment 5. Debra Rathwell AEG Live 6. Lia Vollack Sony Pictures Entertainment 7. Melissa Lonn ...

  21. AC/DC's iTunes Debut Sells 48,000 Digital Albums, 696,000 Songs

    November 29, 2012 10:15 AM EST One of the longest hold-outs from iTunes, AC/DC, finally reached the digital retailer last week. The iconic rock band's entire catalog, along with two iTunes-exclusive box sets, became available on Monday, Nov. 19. In the week ending Nov. 25, ...

  22. Tifanie Van Laar-Frever

    November 28, 2012 7:25 AM EST Senior buyer, Walmart Helping Save The CD Tifanie Van Laar-Frever, senior buyer at Walmart, the largest seller of CDs in the United States, has helped transform its $5 CD bin into the premier brick-and-mortar power position in retail. That bin sin ...

  23. Black Friday Preview: Brand-New Releases From P!nk, Clarkson, Aldean, Pitbull, More Available for $5, $7

    November 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST It's beginning to look a lot like a $5 Christmas. At least that's the price point being touted in Black Friday adds by Target and Walmart, according to the circular pages on the Black Friday Gotta Deal site. According to the circulars, t ...

  24. Chart Moves: 'Glee' 'Grease' Tribute Album Debuts, Lianne La Havas Sees 978% Sales Gain

    November 16, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: On the chart this week, Taylor Swift's "Red" reigned for a third straight week at No. 1, selling another 196,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new "Now 44" compilation arrived in the No. 2 ...

  25. Morning Fix: Universal Music Predicts $158 Million Annual Boost From EMI; Ticketmaster & Walmart Expand Deal; Depeche Mode Signs With WME

    November 14, 2012 7:08 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters UNIVERSAL MUSIC EARNINGS DIP, REVENUES RISE IN FIRST NINE MONTHS: Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes ...

  26. Ticketmaster Expands Walmart Partnership

    November 13, 2012 11:39 AM EST Walmart and Ticketmaster today announced an extension of their strategic partnership in the form of the Walmart Ticket Values program, which provides customers access to a pre-selected number of tickets to major league sporting events, FELD Entert ...

  27. Exclusive: Pepsi Offering New 'X Factor' Winner Grammy Commercial, $5 Million Contract With Sony's Syco

    October 31, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for "The X Factor" by offering the Season 2 winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, ...

  28. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Sells 1.21 Million -- Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

    October 30, 2012 7:56 PM EDT It's official: Taylor Swift's "Red" sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem's "The ...

  29. Is Taylor Swift's 'Red' iTunes Exclusive a Play to Prevent Deep Discounting?

    October 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT In a possible attempt to ensure that Google Play and Amazon don't use Taylor Swift's just-released Red album as a loss leader priced below $3.49, Big Machine Records has not serviced the album to those stores, a source confirmed to Billb ...

  30. Business Matters: Why Taylor Swift's 'Red' is Absent From Subscription Services

    October 23, 2012 6:07 PM EDT Taylor Swift has joined a litany of artists in holding back a new release from subscription services. Her new album Red is conspicuously absent from Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog and Xbox Music this week. The album's absence from subscription ...

  31. 6 Questions with Jackie Evancho

    October 15, 2012 7:10 AM EDT Every 10 years or so, classical pop artists have a major crossover breakthrough like Josh Groban, Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli. Jackie Evancho is having one of those breakthroughs. Since finishing second on NBC's "America's Got Tal ...

  32. Redbox Gets The Ticket

    October 15, 2012 6:18 AM EDT DVD rental specialist diversifies, bringing ticketing to where consumers spend their time and money: the local store. Redbox, with its ubiquitous DVD rental kiosks, is entering the ticketing game, beginning in Philadelphia with tickets available ...

  33. Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    October 12, 2012 8:56 PM EDT Diva Barbra Streisand is set to capture her 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The entertainer's new album, "Release Me," may sell 40,000 copies by Oct. 14, according to industry forecasters. The Columbia Record ...

  34. Taylor Swift Teams With Walgreens For Exclusive Store To Promote 'Red'

    October 09, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Taylor Swift has teamed with Walgreens, a retailer with 7,944 locations nationwide, to debut the Taylor Swift Store at Walgreens. Beginning this week, Walgreens and select Duane Reade locations will sell Swift-themed merchandise incorporating artw ...

  35. Los Temerarios' 'Life' Without A Major

    October 08, 2012 1:23 PM EDT After 10 years on Fonovisa, Los Temerarios strike out on their own-they wouldn't have it any other way For most established acts, the switch from major label to indie requires adjustment. But for Mexican romantic duo Los Temerarios, the shi ...

  36. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  37. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  38. Chart Moves: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Album Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart, David Byrne Hits New High

    September 21, 2012 11:26 AM EDT The Billboard 200: To say it was an exciting top 10 this week would be an understatement. For only the second time in the Billboard 200's history, the entire top six albums were debuts . And, with a No. 1 bow from Dave Matthews Band, the act ...

  39. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  40. Hastings in Q2: Music Sales Down 12%, Most Everything Else Up

    August 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Different retailer, same story. Brick-and-mortar retailer Hastings Entertainment reported a second-quarter loss of $3.4 million on revenue of $104.1 million for the quarter ended July 31. The loss was a slight improvement from a $4.1 million loss ...

  41. After Lady Antebellum and Band Perry, Who Will Be Next Country Stars to Emerge From State/County Fair Circuit?

    August 21, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Mockingbird Sun Lady Antebellum did it. The Band Perry did it. Now Mockingbird Sun hopes it can repeat the process. The band, represented by the Paradigm booking agency and HK Management but not yet signed to a label, played what could be a predic ...

  42. Business Matters: Teens Listen to Music Most on YouTube, Pay for Music More Than Other Age Groups, Nielsen Study Says

    August 14, 2012 5:45 PM EDT A new Nielsen study says teens prefer free, ad-supported streaming over other methods of listening to music. That finding is actually the least surprising item in a report that puts into proper context the ways teens -- and other age groups -- exp ...

  43. 40 Under 40: Tifanie Van Laar

    August 02, 2012 3:51 PM EDT Tifanie Van Laar Senior Music Buyer, Walmart Website: walmart.com Twitter: @tifanielee Decisive Strategist Given her position as Walmart's senior music buyer, Tifanie Van Laar, 36, is a force to be reckoned with. But Van Laar is proving to ha ...

  44. Spotify Reveals New Numbers: Over 4 Million Subscribers and 15 Million Active Users

    July 31, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Spotify now has 15 million active users and over 4 million subscribers. The new numbers were revealed by chief content officer Ken Parks at the Global Business Summit on Creative Content in London. Put another way, Spotify added over 1 million sub ...

  45. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  46. How To Boost Latin Album Sales

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT As we pointed out last week, there's been a dismal fall in Latin sales, according to midyear Nielsen SoundScan figures. While the entire industry suffered, registering an 11.8% decline in album sales for the first half of 2012 compared with t ...

  47. Skrillex Hits No. 1 on Billboard Social 50, Pitbull Rises Following Alaskan Walmart Exile

    July 20, 2012 7:30 AM EDT For the first time, Skrillex hits No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The tally ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using a formula that blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along wit ...

  48. Pitbull To Visit Kodiak Alaska Walmart Following Facebook Promotion, Invites Pranksters

    July 17, 2012 5:19 PM EDT When 71,000 people want to exile you to one of the most remote places imaginable, there's not much you can do but grin and bear it. That's what Pitbull seems to be doing-and he may indeed run into a bear or two-after a Facebook promotion ...

  49. Pitbull May Soon Be Chilling-Out at Walmart in Alaska

    July 03, 2012 8:46 AM EDT ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Miami rapper Pitbull might soon be chilling out in Alaska. In a marketing deal, Walmart will send Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez, to the store that gets the most "likes" on its Facebook page. Pitbull Says ...

  50. Business Matters: Is Spotify Labels' #2 Source of Revenue? Probably Not

    June 27, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Streaming Services Not No. 2 Source of Label Revenue Spotify may be the second-largest digital account for major labels, but streaming is hardly their second-largest source of revenue. In fact, it's unlikely that any single subscription servi ...

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