Dan Rys

News Director

Dan Rys is the news director at Billboard, who has written for Rolling Stone, Vice and the Village Voice, and most recently worked as the senior editor of XXL Magazine. He probably likes funk music more than you do.

Chris Blackwell

In Jamaica With Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell

As the founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell guided the careers of Bob Marley, U2, Cat Stevens and more. Now, with the label he launched turning 60, one of the music business’ greatest-ever moguls looks back on a career, and a life, well-lived.

Spotify's Strategic Offensive Hits Three Fronts

The streaming giant is now fighting on three fronts: in India; the Washington, D.C., Copyright Royalty Board; and Brussels' antitrust system. Whatever happens, it could lose the PR war.
Four Takeaways From the RIAA's 2018 Year-End Report

Four Takeaways From the RIAA's 2018 Year-End Report

If three makes a trend, the music industry is in full-on rebound mode. In 2018, for the third straight year, recorded-music revenue grew by double-digit percentages in the United States, according to the RIAA, up 12 percent to $9.8 billion.