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As the days go by, the sales forecast for Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" continues to grow at an alarming rate. Industry sources are now projecting that the pop star's album will sell over 800,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 24.
Google. Amazon. Samsung. Apple. Four of the biggest companies in the world are all probably preparing for battle in the subscription-music market. Who wins? The majors.If they've learned one thing over the last decade, it's the danger associated with having one partner (Apple) dominating a market. This flood of new entrants from some of the deepest pockets in the world may be the greatest accomplishment the labels have ever pulled off.
Track sales are down 2% through March 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan, suggesting the product has reached a mature stage as consumers are changing their behaviors. Digital albums are still growing, however, although their 9% year-over-year growth through March 15 is 11 percentage points lower than the same growth rate a year earlier.
The documentary "Who The F**k Is Arthur Fogel" features music execs (Michael Rapino, Guy Oseary, Paul McGuinness, Troy Carter) and artists (Madonna, U2, Sting) who help explain Fogel's rise from night manager of a Toronto club to Live Nation's global touring CEO. Billboard spoke with Fogel the day before the film's Canadian Music Week premiere where, among other things, he verified that a chef indeed once chased him down the street with a butcher knife.
The MC, released from the hospital this week following seizures and erroneous reports claiming he was about to receive "last rites," helped Lil Wayne reach his highest position on the Social 50 chart.
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BANDA EL RECODO, PUBLISHERS HONORED AT BMI LATIN AWARDS IN LAS VEGAS
Regional Mexican group Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga received the Icon Award at the 20th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, held March 21 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
VIACOM AND WARNER PARTNER TO DEVELOP NEW LATIN TALENT, ISABELLA CASTILLO FIRST SIGNING
Warner Music Latina and Viacom International Media Networks of the Americas have signed an exclusive distribution and expanded-rights partnership to develop the network’s roster of new music acts for the Latin market. The new deal kicks off with Warner signing Nickelodeon Latin American star Isabella Castillo.
Rocker Tom Scholz attempts to reclaim rights to hit songs like "More than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," prompting a lawsuit from the band's former manager and publisher.
Veteran hard rock band Die Toten Hosen turned back to the clock to win four trophies at the German recording industry’s 22nd annual Echo Awards, held Thursday in Berlin.
Madison Square Garden Co. is mulling the future of the cable music network Fuse, according to the New York Post. Sources say MSG has been weighing options for the channel, including selling all or part of it and bringing in new content partners in exchange for an equity stake. One idea being floated by outsiders is merging Fuse with AXS-TV, a live entertainment network backed by Mark Cuban, AEG, “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and Hollywood talent agency CAA. Far less known than MTV, Fuse is available in about 65 million homes.
New York Post
Hilco is now the sole bidder for HMV. The Independent reports that the future of the entertainment High Street chain is likely to be decided in the coming days with the retail restructuring specialist – which owns HMV in Canada – in the driving seat. Hilco took on HMV’s debt in January after the company slipped into administration. There are around 130 of HMV’s original 220 stores available for acquisition in a deal worth over £50 million.
“I’m good,” says Young Money leader Lil Wayne in a video obtained by TMZ.
After being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on March 15 for complications from seizures, Wayne was released four days ago, but beyond a couple of tweets Wayne has been silent. In the video, Wayne thanks his supporters for sending him prayers and love while he was hospitalized, promotes his upcoming album I Am Not A Human Being II, and brings out his friend T.I. to announce the two southern rap stars will be going on tour together this summer.
Record Store Day, April 20, is now less than a month away, and the event's organisers have published the full list of releases coming out on the day. Picks of the 200-strong bunch include three David Bowie releases: a double A-side 7" of 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'/'Where Are We Now?', a 7" picture disc reissue of his Aladdin Sanesingle 'Drive-In Saturday' and his 'Bowie 1965!' EP, collecting together his two singles and their B-sides as The Manish Boys and Davy Jones & The Lower Third. Pulp will be releasing their new track 'After You' on 12", while Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will release a new single, 'Animal X' on 7".
European Union regulators are examining the contracts Apple strikes with cellphone carriers that sell its iPhone for possible antitrust violations after several carriers complained that the deals throttled competition. Although they have not filed formal complaints, a group of European wireless carriers recently submitted information about their contracts with Apple to the European Commission, according to a person briefed on the communications with the carriers who asked not to be identified.
New York Times
Music author Michael Azerrad has announced the launch of a new online music magazine called The Talkhouse, where musicians of different genres and generations will write about current music. The site will feature one piece on one album written by one musician each weekday. Some of the writers already on board include: Laurie Anderson, Andrew W.K., James McNew, acclaimed jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, Claire Boucher (Grimes), iconic avant gardist Elliott Sharp, Rosanne Cash, Duff McKagan, Dean Wareham, Dave Douglas, Josephine Wiggs, Bob Mould, and others.
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- Devendra Banhart: 'I love almost every Britpop band'
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