1. Five Finger Death Punch Heading for Top Debut on Billboard 200

    November 20, 2013 7:13 PM EST Rock band Five Finger Death Punch is on course for its second top five album this year. The group's new release, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2" may sell around 80,000 copies by the end of the track ...

  2. A Look at Ace Hotel Founder Alex Calderwood's Work in Music

    November 20, 2013 2:31 PM EST Calderwood grew up in Seattle's eastside suburbs. Just out of high school, he began managing a Seattle clothing store called International News. He used material from a Boeing Co. surplus store to create fixtures, desks and other parts of a s ...

  3. Baboom Music, Kim Dotcom's 'iTunes/Spotify Hybrid,' Comes with Innovative Bells, Whistles (Report)

    November 20, 2013 12:57 PM EST Kim Dotcom's forthcoming music service Baboom, which he calls an "iTunes/Spotify hybrid," is set to have a beta launch in January 2014, according to an interview with Wired UK . The service, which Dotcom says has been in development ...

  4. Florida Georgia Line Talk New Deluxe Album, American Music Awards, MSG Dreams, More (Video Q&A)

    November 19, 2013 12:10 PM EST   Florida Georgia Line's Brian "BK" Kelley and Tyler Hubbard sat down with Billboard backstage following their Artist Development Case Study panel (complete with Fireball shots) at our Touring Conference . Here, the duo, whose tra ...

  5. Best Buy Posts 3Q Profit, Sales Flat

    November 19, 2013 9:08 AM EST Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. returned to a profit in the third quarter as the busy holiday season revs up. But the company says it expects a tough competitive environment during the holiday season. Its shares fell 6 percent in premarket tra ...

  6. Michael Koch, Founder of Koch Entertainment, to Retire at End of 2013

    November 18, 2013 8:52 PM EST Michael Koch, the founder of the company that would become eOne Music, will retire at the end of 2013. In an email to employees, Koch thanked them for helping to build the company, which began life in the U.S. as Koch International and later bec ...

  7. 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 . ...

  8. Sony Sells Over 1 Million PlayStation 4s On First Day

    November 18, 2013 10:26 AM EST Sony says it sold more than 1 million of its PlayStation 4 video game consoles during their first 24 hours on the market. The consoles went on sale Friday in the U.S. and Canada. Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainm ...

  9. Justin Bieber's Music Mondays Series Reaches Midway Point

    November 16, 2013 10:00 AM EST As Justin Bieber's Music Mondays series reaches its halfway point, let's stop and assess how it's doing thus far. Since his song "Heartbreaker" hit digital retail in the evening of Sunday, Oct. 6, Bieber has released a t ...

  10. Lady Gaga Still Heading for No. 1, Beatles Set for 31st Top 10 Album

    November 15, 2013 6:46 PM EST As reported earlier this week, Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" album seems destined for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week, securing the diva her second chart-topping set. Presently, industry sources forecast the album to sel ...

  11. Chart Moves: All Eight of Eminem's Albums on the Billboard 200 This Week

    November 15, 2013 4:31 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , Eminem was the big news as his "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" debuted at No. 1, selling 792,000 in its first week -- according to Nielsen SoundScan. Celine Dion played a distant runner-up to ...

  12. Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' Scores Second-Biggest Debut of the Year

    November 12, 2013 9:45 PM EST It's official: Eminem's new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the second-largest sales week of the year. Eminem's Manager Paul Rosenberg On Marketing 'MMLP2' ...

  13. Lorde Signs $2.5 Million Deal with Songs Music Publishing: Inside the Lengthy Bidding War

    November 12, 2013 7:53 PM EST Lorde has signed with Songs Music Publishing in a worldwide deal that includes her debut EP, “The Love Club,” top-selling full-length “Pure Heroine” and future recordings. The deal, which is worth $2.5 million, according to a person familiar ...

  14. Live Nation In Negotiations to Buy Management Companies of U2, Madonna (Report)

    November 12, 2013 7:25 PM EST Live Nation is negotiating to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to the New York Times , citing people with direct knowledge of the deals. Live Nation would reportedly pay more than $30 million for both Principle ...

  15. Daniel Loeb's Third Point Appears on Sony's Japanese Shareholder Register for First Time

    November 11, 2013 10:54 AM EST Third Point, the hedge fund run by Daniel Loeb that has been pressuring Sony to spin off part of its entertainment arm, was listed as holding 1.64 percent of the Japanese corporation's stock in a filing with authorities in Tokyo on Monday. ...

  16. Geri Halliwell Accepts Failure As Comeback Single Stiffs in Australia

    November 11, 2013 9:17 AM EST Geri Halliwell can pick a winner at the racetrack, but her pop career isn’t galloping along quite so well. The former Spice Girl has admitted she was “gutted” when her comeback single flopped on its release in Australia. The comeback single “Hal ...

  17. After Eminem, Can Albums By One Direction, Lady Gaga or Britney Spears Rack Up Monster Debuts?

    November 09, 2013 11:06 PM EST With Eminem's new album on course for a blockbuster first week, are there any other albums left this year than can also rack up huge, half-million-plus debuts? Yes. But that list is very short. As in: There's just one album on it: On ...

  18. Eminem's 'MMLP2' Set for No. 1 With 750K, Celine Dion Heading for No. 2

    November 08, 2013 7:35 PM EST As reported earlier , Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" album is unstoppable, as it will easily debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 with the second-largest sales week of the year. Industry sources say the set could se ...

  19. New Signings: BMG Chrysalis Inks Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, Slash to Warner/Chappell, Primary Wave Nabs Melissa Etheridge

    November 08, 2013 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to mitchell.peters ...

  20. Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Tour Adding Arena Dates in 2014

    November 08, 2013 10:34 AM EST "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which recently became the ninth-top-grossing tour in history, will return to North American arenas in 2014, Billboard can exclusively reveal. This Story First Appeared in the New Billboard -- ...

  21. Eminem's 'MMLP2' Marketing Juggernaut: Tapping 'Call of Duty,' Beats, ESPN to Help Sell 750K Albums

    November 07, 2013 2:42 PM EST In this excerpt from this week's cover story on Eminem and his just-released "Marshall Mathers LP 2," Reggie Ugwu takes a look at the positioning and strategizing behind the launch of Eminem's first record in six years blo ...

  22. Blockbuster to Close Remaining 300 Stores in U.S.

    November 07, 2013 5:51 AM EST What's left of Blockbuster's company-owned storefronts in the United States will be shuttered by early 2014.  On Wednesday, Dish Network said that the formerly dominant video rental retailer will close its roughly 300 stores and distri ...

  23. George Strait, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 07, 2013 12:23 AM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the ...

  24. Drake's 'Nothing Was The Same' Passes 1 Million In Sales

    November 06, 2013 7:17 PM EST In its fifth week at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sixth week in the top five of the Billboard 200, Drake's third studio album "Nothing Was the Same" moves 38,000 copies to cross the million copies sold mark, according t ...

  25. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor': A Timeline to No. 1

    November 06, 2013 4:10 PM EST The road to "Reflektor," Arcade Fire's fourth album, began when The Suburbs won the Grammy award for album of the year on February 13, 2011. Since that day, the buzz has barely let up on the Montreal-based band, culminating in the ...

  26. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 For Sixth Week; Eminem Lands Four Tracks in Top 20, Most As Lead Since Beatles in 1964

    November 06, 2013 2:10 PM EST Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Eminem and One Direction soar onto the chart with top 10 debuts. The bow for Eminem is especially notable, as, among other honors, the song grants the rapper ...

  27. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 06, 2013 11:00 AM EST Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the band’s second No. 1 album. It also bowed atop the list with its last set, 2010 ...

  28. Eminem Set for Year's Second-Largest Sales Week, Seventh No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    November 05, 2013 5:40 PM EST Eminem is set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The Detroit rapper’s latest album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and debut at No. 1. Released T ...

  29. Joel Oberstein, President of Almighty Music Marketing, Dead at 50

    November 05, 2013 4:18 AM EST Joel Oberstein, the president of Almighty Music Marketing, died Friday. He was 50. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis four years ago, Oberstein died from complications of West Nile Virus. M.S. and steroid treatments to fight the disease had wea ...

  30. Lady Gaga, Manager Troy Carter Split

    November 04, 2013 8:25 PM EST Lady Gaga and her longtime manager Troy Carter are no longer working together, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. The news comes some 24 hours after the pop star openly wept through a performance of new song "Dope& ...

  31. Kelly Clarkson, 'Duck Dynasty' Christmas Albums Set for Top 10

    November 01, 2013 8:57 PM EDT New Christmas albums from Kelly Clarkson and the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty" are on course for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Clarkson's new "Wrapped In Red," which is her first holiday effort, may sell around ...

  32. Eminem and One Direction Set for Big Debuts on Hot 100, Digital Songs Charts

    November 01, 2013 5:17 PM EDT Eminem and One Direction are heading for big debuts on the Digital Songs chart next week. Eminem's latest single, "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, is on course for a No. 1 debut on the Digital Songs chart next week. Industry sour ...

  33. Beatport CEO Matthew Adell Conducts Reddit AMA, Discusses SFX, Pricing, Sponsored Content

    October 31, 2013 4:41 PM EDT In a “crowdsourced” interview conducted on Reddit yesterday -- called AMAs, or Ask Me Anythings -- Matthew Adell, CEO of dance music retailer and news destination Beatport answered a wide range of questions, many directed at the surprisingly ret ...

  34. Arcade Fire Bound for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 30, 2013 8:27 PM EDT Arcade Fire is heading for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the band's new album, "Reflektor," may sell around 135,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 3. That sum ...

  35. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Has 2013's Largest Sales Week For a Female Artist

    October 30, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Katy Perry's new "Prism" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 286,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most recent tracking week ended Sunday, Oct. 27. It's the largest sales week this year ...

  36. Lou Reed's Posthumous Album Sales Rise 607%

    October 30, 2013 9:44 AM EDT The late Lou Reed's catalog of music sees great gains this week, following his death on Sunday, Oct. 27. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on Oct. 27, Billboard's new sales charts reflect less than one day since R ...

  37. U2 Releasing 2 New Recordings On 10" Vinyl For Record Store Day's Black Friday (Updated)

    October 29, 2013 10:20 PM EDT Two new U2 recordings will be released on exclusive 10" vinyl  as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday this Nov. 29, according to the Record Store Day website . "Ordinary Love"/Breathe (Interscope),  will only be pressed ...

  38. Q4 Label Special: Capitol's Steve Barnett, Greg Thompson Reflect on First Year Under Universal, Returning to 'the Tower'

    October 29, 2013 2:47 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD "NOW That’s What I Call Music Vol. 45" 475,000 copies, 0 TEA "NOW That’s What I Call Music Vol. 42" 254,000 copies, 163,000 TEA 2013 Grammy Nominees 335,000 copies BIG Q4 RELEASES Katy Perry, "Prism&quo ...

  39. Beck Signs to Capitol, Announces New Album for February

    October 28, 2013 8:35 PM EDT Beck has signed to Capitol Records, with an album of new material -- his first in nearly six years -- scheduled for February 2014. The album, titled "Morning Phase," is billed as a spiritual successor to "Sea Change," Beck� ...

  40. Lou Reed's Billboard Chart History

    October 27, 2013 6:54 PM EDT In his lifetime, the late Lou Reed charted 23 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, stretching back to his self-titled debut in 1972.  The Grammy Award-winner's most recent chart ink came with his collaboration album "Lulu," with Met ...

  41. John Cale on Death of Lou Reed: 'I've Lost My 'School-Yard Buddy'

    October 27, 2013 5:16 PM EDT Lou Reed's death leaves multi-instrumentalist John Cale and drummer Mo Tucker as the only living original members of art rock icons Velvet Underground. Cale, who co-founded the group with Reed in 1965, reacted to the news with a simple sent ...

  42. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long c ...

  43. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:49 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occas ...

  44. Jay-Z on Barneys Racial Profiling Controvery: 'Why Am I Being Demonized?'

    October 27, 2013 10:49 AM EDT Jay-Z - under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers - said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just wait ...

  45. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Sales Grow, Fifth Harmony Set for Top 10

    October 25, 2013 8:25 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Katy Perry's "Prism" seems destined for at No. 1 debut, as industry sources forecast the album to sell around 290,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 27. Two days ago, the i ...

  46. Depeche Mode Dominates Hot Tours Ranking with $17.8 Million Gross

    October 25, 2013 11:16 AM EDT Depeche Mode maneuvers to the top slot on Hot Tours with $17.8 million in concert grosses reported from the North American leg of the band's Delta Machine world tour that ran from late August to mid-October. The trek through U.S. and Canadi ...

  47. Music Industry Margin Growth Worst Among Media & Entertainment (Research)

    October 24, 2013 4:16 PM EDT For the first time in five years, the media and entertainment industry is expected to outperform the major stock market indices in 2013, according to a report from EY, a consulting firm formerly known as Ernst & Young. Unfortunately, the mus ...

  48. Q4 Label Special: Republic Records on Q4 Planning, Lorde's Positioning and Big (Big) Soundtracks

    October 24, 2013 1:36 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Florida Georgia Line, "Here’s to the Good Times" 1.4 million TEA, 940,000 copies No. 4 (peak), 45 weeks Drake, "Nothing Was the Same" 985,000 TEA, 658,000 copies No. 1, 3 weeks “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack 95 ...

  49. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 23, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Katy Perry is on course for her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as her latest release, "Prism," should easily top the tally next week with her best sales week ever. Industry sources suggest Perry's third album, whic ...

  50. HMV's Software Pulled from App Store, Apple’s Spirit of Competition Questioned

    October 23, 2013 5:38 AM EDT Britain’s Entertainment Retailers Assn. has called on Apple's iTunes to “act responsibly” after the digital music giant yanked HMV’s iOS app from its app ecosystem. In what appears to be a purely protectionist move, British-based retail cha ...

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