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  1. 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 ...

  2. TuneCore Downloads, Streams Grow 75%, Paid Out $34 Million in Q1

    April 16, 2014 8:50 AM EDT *Correction appended The market for music download may be taking a hit, but TuneCore's payouts are still climbing.  The self-serve music distribution platform announced it paid out $34.1 million to artists in the first quarter of this year.  ...

  3. RuPaul Messages Pirates With Decoy Album: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!'

    March 03, 2014 6:45 PM EST RuPaul's Posts Decoy Album on Pirate Sites With Message: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!' RuPaul Charles, who has built a career on an over-the-top irreverence for convention, pulled another fast on ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 'Beyonce' Fastest-Selling Album Ever in iTunes Store

    December 16, 2013 2:59 PM EST Bey's Big Surprise Beyonce Breaks U.S. iTunes Sales Record, Sells 617,000 in Three Days How Beyonce's 'Beyonce' Stayed Secret Until the Day of Release, Its First Singles Beyonce Unexpectedly Releases New Album on iTunes Beyonce ...

  6. Ross on Radio: How Radio Can Sell Music – Even If Fewer Are Buying

    November 25, 2013 12:37 PM EST Radio used to be emphatically not in the business of selling records. Any convention panel on the radio/record relationship would usually end up with some programmer proclaiming above angry crowd murmurs that his job was to play the hits, not make ...

  7. Getting on the iTunes Home Page: What It Means and How To Get There (From the Magazine)

    November 19, 2013 1:13 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 ...

  8. YouTube 3.0: Are They Paying Enough? (From the Magazine)

    October 07, 2013 4:07 PM EDT At 26, Lindsey Stirling is already a seasoned YouTube veteran -- a Los Angeles-based artist who has blazed a career path through the platform, garnering more than 3 million subscribers whose views generate enough steady advertising revenue to pa ...

  9. Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

    September 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked. But Google Trends, a Google service that graphs the frequency of search terms, also shows the popularity of ...

  10. Morning Fix: Jay-Z and Samsung's Massive 'Magna Carta' Giveaway; Hip-Hop Super Tue.; How People Spend Money at iTunes; More

    June 17, 2013 9:05 AM EDT JAY-Z, SAMSUNG ANNOUNCE DEAL TO GIVE AWAY 1 MILLION COPIES OF NEW LP Jay-Z announced his new LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail , via a  Samsung commercial that aired during Sunday night's NBA Finals, the fifth game in the Miami Heat vs. San Antoni ...

  11. Timberlake to Headline iTunes Festival in September, Joins Jessie J, Thirty Seconds to Mars

    May 30, 2013 10:29 AM EDT Justin Timberlake will be the headliner when the iTunes festival kicks off in September in London. The superstar is among the acts slated for the annual music series, which will be held each night that month and streamed on Apple devices like th ...

  12. Business Matters: Why Are Track Sales Down in 2013?

    April 23, 2013 11:47 AM EDT U.S. track sales are down 2% through April 14th, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while digital album sales are up 9%. A deficit in the digital marketplace is unusual. Although tracks were in negative territory through part of 2010 -- they finis ...

  13. Updated: Twitter #Music App Launches

    April 18, 2013 8:21 AM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Twitter, which released its music application to a handful of celebrities last week, announced today on "Good Morning America" and via a blog post that the rest of the world can now pile in. ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Weak Release Schedule Blamed For 12% Drop In U.K. Entertainment Market; Music Sales Fell $90 Million In 2012

    March 12, 2013 10:53 AM EDT Combined sales of music, video and games products in the United Kingdom fell 12% in 2012 to £4.21 billion ($6.26 billion), with music sales declining by £59 million ($87.8 million) from the previous year, according to the annual Entertainment Re ...

  16. Jack White, Frank Ocean, More Get Big Grammy Boost on iTunes, Amazon

    February 11, 2013 3:26 PM EST Nothing sells music like national TV exposure. An examination of iTunes and Amazon sales ranks during the Grammy broadcast shows the immediate impact the event had on the sales of titles nominated for Album of the Year. See All of Our Grammy Cov ...

  17. Amanda Marks

    November 28, 2012 1:05 PM EST Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Taking Digital Global Amanda Marks, global head of digital accounts for Universal Music Group, is an early record-label innovator in the digital space and, today, the highest-ranking major-lab ...

  18. Music Plays On For Apple

    October 15, 2012 9:27 AM EDT A year after Steve Jobs' death, Apple still has music in its DNA but may have lost some of its passion. That may be a good thing. Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly products, may have itself become more user-friendl ...

  19. Mumford Takes Deluxe High Ground

    October 15, 2012 8:46 AM EDT 'Babel' sales show deluxe digital albums outselling standard on iTunes, but discounting has key role. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is doing more than putting big numbers up on the board: It's also proving that if you ...

  20. Business Matters: A Brief History of Spotify Royalties

    August 30, 2012 12:21 PM EDT Spotify's per-stream royalty payments to one independent artist are showing the heft people might have thought impossible just a few years ago. David Harrell of the band t he Layaways regularly posts numbers from his band's CD Baby royal ...

  21. Publishing Deal Helps Label Bring Aaliyah to a New Generation

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT In early August, a new Aaliyah track hit the Internet, setting off a whirlwind of speculation about a posthumous Aaliyah album. The song -- "Enough Said," featuring Drake and produced by Noah "40" Shebib -- is the result of mor ...

  22. Target Refuses to Stock Frank Ocean Album After iTunes Exclusive

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange," which is projected to make an unexpectedly strong debut on the Billboard 200 next week. According to statements from the company and Ocean's manage ...

  23. Universal Music's Lucian Grainge Proposes 'Manifesto For New Music Industry'

    July 10, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Lucian Grainge has plans to sell assets, invest heavily in A&R, and keep EMI as intact as possible while trying to gain approval for Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division in both the U.S. and E ...

  24. Exclusive: Hard Rock International Launches Record Label, Signs Rosco Bandana

    May 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Rosco Bandana, Hard Rock Records' first signing. Hard Rock International is launching Hard Rock Records, an in-house record label for the cafe, hotel and casino chain. Its first signing, Mississippi-based rock band Rosco Bandana, will issue i ...

  25. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  26. Business Matters: Pandora Accounts for a Huge Share of SoundExchange Collections

    April 11, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Pandora Accounts For More Than A Third of SoundExchange's Collections Pandora accounted for somewhere between 36.7% and 38.6% of SoundExchange's collections for digital performance royalties in 2012. Angus MacDonald, General Counsel at I ...

  27. Business Matters: Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction

    March 16, 2012 10:20 PM EDT Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes wit ...

  28. Sony Pays $8 Million to Settle Digital-Music Lawsuit With Cheap Trick, Allman Bros., Others

    March 08, 2012 6:30 PM EST The list of musicians suing major record labels over digital music revenue has grown during the past few months. At issue in these cases is what musicians should get when a customer on a digital outlet like iTunes buys a song or album. Soon, in a ...

  29. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Potential Facebook Move

    March 07, 2012 6:50 PM EST What If Facebook And Vevo Really Did Get Together? Facebook and Vevo are reported to be in early talks to move Vevo's catalog of popular music videos and original programming after its deal with YouTube expires in about a year. Whether or not ...

  30. '21' And Up: Adele's Billboard Cover Story

    December 08, 2011 6:55 AM EST Newly bleached blonde bouffant a little askew, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins clasps her hands at her waist and begins to dish. "I came home from touring with my first album, and I caught up with some friends, trying to be all posh and stuff," ...

  31. Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

    November 16, 2011 4:00 PM EST After much thought and consultation with the industry, Billboard has decided to implement a new charting policy. Effective with the sales tracking week of November 21 through the 27th, which coincides with the Billboard charts dated December 10, a ...

  32. Business Matters: The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

    October 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT The Orchard Branches Out Into Action Sports Video -- Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will b ...

  33. Barney Wragg Named Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group

    October 14, 2011 11:15 AM EDT Barney Wragg, a former executive at Universal Music Group and EMI in the early days of digital distribution, is extending his entertainment resume with the newly created position of managing director at The Really Useful Group (RUG), the company t ...

  34. iTunes: Music Retail's Friend or Foe?

    October 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Opinion in the music business is still split between those who think Apple saved record labels just when it looked like Internet piracy was about to overwhelm them and others who think the company did lasting damage to the music business by its in ...

  35. Steve Jobs Remembered by Edgar Bronfman Jr., Martin Bandier and Other Executives

    October 06, 2011 5:13 PM EDT Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological innovator - he created a role for himself and his business in the music industry that hadn't existed before. In these conversations and written remembrances from key executives in the music business ...

  36. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Amanda Marks

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 6 Amanda Marks Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Website: Universalmusic.com Twitter: @AmandaMarks Amanda Marks is one of the most influential executives in the digital media industry. She has been a key member of Universa ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Verve Music Group, 20th Century Fox TV Partner for 'Playboy Club' Downloads

    September 21, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Following in the footsteps of the short-lived drama American Dreams (2002 - 2005) and looking to replicate the screen-to-iPod sales savvy of Glee, Universal Music's Verve Music Group has partnered with 20th Century Fox Television and iTunes t ...

  39. Labels Turning To Distribution Partners To Ease Digital Transition

    September 01, 2011 9:18 AM EDT Record labels traditionally have had three core responsibilities: produce music, market music and distribute music. But what happens if one of those duties is taken away? It's an interesting question to ponder in the digital age, as more la ...

  40. Jay-Z And Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 17, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" arrives, as expected , at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 436,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the second-largest sales week of the year for an album, behind only th ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. The biggest of Fall 2011 in Downloading, Streaming and Gaming

    July 25, 2011 9:12 AM EDT The biggest of fall 2011 in downloading, streaming and gaming. In a fall that's sure to be filled with eye-catching apps, talked-about music services and innovative videogames, these three are likely to make the most noise. ITunes Match , a ...

  43. Chart Moves: Lil Wayne Blasts Up Hot 100; Miguel Has Album Chart's Greatest Gainer

    June 09, 2011 10:46 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" claims a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a second week atop Hot 100 Airplay (150 million in audience, up 5%, according to Nielsen BDS). The multi-format hit re ...

  44. Business Matters: Another Sign of Retail Life -- Hastings Music Sales Up 1.3%

    June 08, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Slightly Better Than Flat Is the New Up! -- Here's another example of brick-and-mortar retail reaching something of a plateau: Hastings' music sales were up 1.3% in the quarter ended April 30. That's a few percentage points better t ...

  45. Apple Unveils iCloud with Few Surprises

    June 06, 2011 3:30 PM EDT If you've been following the speculation surrounding Apple's iCloud keynote speech today , then the details that have finally emerged proved very little in the way of surprises. Steve Jobs & Co. laid out a vast array of cloud-based p ...

  46. At Tech Crunch Disrupt, Music Doesn't Have a Huge Presence but Still Makes Some Noise

    May 23, 2011 4:19 PM EDT NEW YORK - While music doesn't have a huge presence at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt conference -- there are only a handful of music startups in the exhibitor area and only one presented during the startup battlefield today -- it's ...

  47. 'Glee' Producer Adam Anders Launches Record Label

    May 06, 2011 7:30 PM EDT After co-producing more than 100 Billboard Hot 100 hits for Fox's "Glee," the show's executive music producer, Adam Anders, is looking to capture some of that lightning in a bottle for recording artists on his own label. Ande ...

  48. Business Matters: Record Store Day Has Banner Sales Day

    April 20, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Record Story Day Has Quite A Day -- Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent store ...

  49. Billboard.Biz's App Of The Month: SoundTracking

    April 01, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Once a week for the last four weeks, we've been highlighting the new music apps for we've seen for smartphones, online and the iPad. To be honest I wasn't sure if there would be enough activity to justify a weekly roundup of music r ...

  50. AllMusic.com Folding Into AllRovi.com for One-Stop Entertainment Shop

    February 28, 2011 9:15 PM EST Online music database AllMusic.com is changing its name and domain. Rovi Corp., the company overseeing the site, is replacing AllMusic with a new website called AllRovi.com , which is designed to combine its music database with its TV and film dat ...

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