1. Vinyl Me, Please's Anthology Series Continues With 'The Women of Motown'

    September 19, 2019 5:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mail-order record club Vinyl Me, Please is heading to Hitsville U.S.A. for the second installment in its ongoing VMP Anthology vinyl box set series, each volume of which deep-dives into a specific genre, label or artist.  Available for pre-sale star ...

  2. U.S. Latin Music Revenues Rise 13.5% in First Half of 2019: RIAA Mid-Year Report

    September 17, 2019 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diverse consumer demand and robust Latin music streaming, which grew 17%, is driving the majority of the Latin music market. Latin music's giant digital footprint in the U.S. -- bolstered by a streaming force representing 95% of the genre' ...

  3. Prince '1999' Reissue to Feature 35 Unheard Songs

    September 10, 2019 8:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Prince ’s classic double-album 1999 has been remastered for the very first time and expanded with 35 previously unreleased tracks for an upcoming Super Deluxe reissue, the Prince Estate and Warner Records announced Tuesday (Sept. 10). The new editio ...

  4. New Kurt Cobain Clothing Collection 'Kurt Was Here' Launches Today

    September 06, 2019 6:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 A portion of the proceeds from the Frances Bean-curated collection will go to suicide prevention non-profit The Jed Foundation. Kurt Cobain ’s artwork is ready to wear. On Monday (Sept. 9), Live Nation Merchandise and The End of Music, LLC -- the bu ...

  5. Native Instruments Cuts 20% of Staff in Restructuring

    September 05, 2019 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Company head Daniel Haver tells Billboard layoffs were needed to streamline the company's operations. Native Instruments, a leading provider of software and hardware for computer-based music production, is cutting 20% of its staff across all lo ...

  6. Sony Music U.K. Acquires Kontraband Merchandise Company

    September 05, 2019 2:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sony Music UK has acquired the full-service merchandise company Kontraband, it was announced Wednesday (Sept. 4). The deal will see Kontraband collaborating with all of Sony Music’s labels and artist rosters as well as its U.S. merchandise operation ...

  7. Spain's Music Market Surges in First Half of 2019, With Gains in Digital and Even CDs

    September 04, 2019 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Subscription services reap 41% more income than a year ago in Spain. Music sales in Spain surged some 27% in the first half of 2019, with subscription streaming services income up 41% over the same period in 2018. According to a new report from Span ...

  8. Discogs Unveils New Inventory Platform for Professional Record Sellers

    August 06, 2019 5:53 PM EDT Music database and marketplace Discogs has launched a new inventory platform for professional record sellers, the company announced Tuesday (Aug. 6). Called NearMint , Discogs claims the platform will allow sellers to manage their inventory more q ...

  9. Why a Former Interscope VP Traded the Music Biz For the Budding Cannabis Industry

    July 29, 2019 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Andrew Mains learned marketing during his eight years at Interscope Records, where as vp digital he worked with artists like 50 Cent and Trent Reznor . Now, after years of working for different startups, he’s putting his expertise to use as a cannab ...

  10. 'Baby Shark' Cereal to Be Launched by Kellogg's

    July 27, 2019 12:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 “Baby Shark” will soon be coming to a cereal bowl near you. Kellogg's announced Friday (July 26) that the a cereal inspired by Pinkfong's infectious kids song will be available in select U.S. stores beginning in August.   "The 'b ...

  11. Kanye West Files Trademark Application for 'Sunday Service' Merchandise

    July 24, 2019 7:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West appears to have filed a trademark application for the term “Sunday Service” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, public records show. The filing was made by Mascotte Holdings, the same company that filed trademarks for “Yeezus,” “Ye ...

  12. Gibson Grants Oberheim Synth Trademark Back to Founder Tom Oberheim

    July 22, 2019 6:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 The guitar maker first purchased the iconic brand more than three decades ago. Guitar manufacturer Gibson has granted back ownership of the legendary Oberheim synthesizer brand and intellectual property to its founder Tom Oberheim , the company anno ...

  13. 'An Endless Fiasco': Indie Retailers Describe Worsening Breakdown in Getting CDs, Vinyl Delivered to Record Stores

    July 16, 2019 3:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since the Indiana-based fulfillment house Direct Shot started managing orders for all three major labels, stores haven't been getting all their product. The latest music industry conspiracy theory goes something like this: The majors want to ki ...

  14. An Open Letter to the Majors From Independent Record Stores (Guest Op-Ed)

    July 16, 2019 3:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 2007 things were bleak. Record stores were successful but irrelevant in the eyes of many in the music industry. In response, independent record stores owners got organized and created Record Store Day (RSD). By doing so, the world’s largest music ...

  15. Smart Speaker Ownership Continues to Rise Among Americans, Even as Privacy Concerns Grow

    June 26, 2019 9:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 According to a new report from NPR and Edison Research, 53 million Americans now own at least one smart speaker. Twenty one percent of Americans -- or around 53 million people -- now own at least one smart speaker, according to the latest Smart Audi ...

  16. Sacramento-Based Retail Chain Dimple Records Liquidating Stores, Shutting Down All Locations

    June 19, 2019 9:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 After 45 years in operation, the seven-unit, Sacramento, California-based home entertainment software chain Dimple Records has announced it will liquidate its stores and close down. After receiving accolades at the Music Biz annual conference last y ...

  17. Okkervil River Bucks the Traditional Album Cycle With Fan-Focused Live Album Subscription Series

    June 12, 2019 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 “The band is part of a continuum that’s existing with the fans and if we all work together we can create stuff that they’re going to like and they can provide us with the money to make it," says Will Sheff. Okkervil River 's sound can shif ...

  18. PledgeMusic Fulfillment Partner Bandwear Offers Assistance to Artists Affected by Platform's Collapse

    June 10, 2019 8:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 The company will host and rebuild campaigns and online stores for artists, as well as provide "extremely discounted" pricing on on merchandise already promised to fans. Following the collapse of U.K. and U.S.-based crowdfunding platform Pl ...

  19. Merch Madness: How Artists Are Using Designer Duds and Nutritional Supplements to Battle for No. 1

    May 31, 2019 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 To sell music these days, artists and labels are in an arms race to sweeten the deal -- with lots and lots of stuff. A few weeks before the release of Tyler, The Creator ’s latest album, IGOR  (Columbia Records), his team launched a campaign to driv ...

  20. Trans World's Challenges Mount Amid Flowing Red Ink, Board Tension & Possible Stock Delisting

    May 30, 2019 6:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lately, Trans World Entertainment's management has been on a high wire, trying to navigate a tide of red ink, a shrinking pool of cash, a going-concern crises, disappearing market capitalization, a potential Nasdaq stock delisting and an intern ...

  21. Major Label Interest in Hi-Res Music Surging, Says RIAA

    May 06, 2019 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The majors are releasing some 1,000 studio-quality albums per month -- fueling a 29 percent surge in the past year. For the first time ever, the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) has revealed how many high-resolution music titles are available in ...

  22. TuneCore Reaches Record of $1.5 Billion in Artist Revenue

    April 29, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Independent digital distributor TuneCore announced today (April 29) that it has reached a record $1.5 billion in download and streaming revenue. The Brooklyn-based service broke down some of the secrets to its success: TuneCore artists earned $83 mi ...

  23. George Hocutt, Pioneer of Nationalizing Distribution Networks, Dies at 92

    April 24, 2019 6:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 George Hocutt , a key force in the evolution of national independent label distribution from a patchwork of regional distributors, died of natural causes in Santa Clarita, California, on April 13. He was 92. Hocutt was chairman and CEO of Independen ...

  24. 2019 Record Store Day Yields Historic Week for Vinyl Album Sales

    April 23, 2019 9:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Albums by Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan & The Rolling Stones were among the top-selling Record Store Day-exclusive releases at indie stores, according to Nielsen Music. All hail vinyl! Record Store Day drove record-breaking music sales figures yet ag ...

  25. Integral to Over a Century of Piano Culture, Steinway & Sons Looks to the Future

    April 17, 2019 3:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 As the curtain went up at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater during the 91st Annual Academy Awards, and the now-familiar opening notes of the A Star is Born hit “Shallow” began to trickle out, a Steinway & Sons piano was rolled centerstage. Shining under ...

  26. CD Baby Looks to Audible Magic to Help Flag Copyright-Infringing Content

    April 16, 2019 12:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 CD Baby has announced a partnership with digital copyright, licensing, and monetization management company Audible Magic to identify potential rights infringement claims before the indie distributor and music publisher services its tracks to digital ...

  27. Record Store Day Crawl 2019: Here's What Went Down

    April 13, 2019 10:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the 12th annual Record Store Day (April 13). the fourth annual Record Store Crawl -- an event that puts vinyl enthusiasts on a bus and shuttles them between various indie record shops -- hit New York City. This year, the NYC crawl expanded to inc ...

  28. Vinyl Me, Please Announces New Anthology Box Set Focused on Legendary Jazz Label Blue Note Records

    April 08, 2019 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first in a new series was co-curated by legendary producer and label president Don Was. Denver-based record-of-the-month club Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) is digging deep into the history of jazz with a forthcoming box set based around the legendary j ...

  29. Digital Music Consumption Has Led to Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, New Study Finds

    April 08, 2019 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Digital consumption of music has led to "unintended" environmental and economic impacts,  a new study has found.  Published on Monday (April 8), the research -- a collaboration between the University of Glasgow and the University of Oslo - ...

  30. Vans Unveils David Bowie Capsule Collection

    April 03, 2019 3:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Vans revealed its David Bowie -inspired capsule collection on Wednesday (April 3). The upcoming Vans x David Bowie collection will pay tribute to the late rock star, taking imagery and inspiration from some of his most iconic records, including Alad ...

  31. Grateful Dead to Reissue 'Aoxomoxoa' Album in June for 50-Year Anniversary

    March 28, 2019 5:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Grateful Dead are continuing to commemorate their 50-year anniversaries of their classic albums. Set to release on June 7, Aoxomoxoa is the latest record to receive the reissue treatment. The two-disc deluxe edition will include the original alb ...

  32. Mexican Summer Launches New NYC Storefront Brooklyn Record Exchange

    March 25, 2019 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 The indie label is entering the retail business with a new shop housed in the same compound as the venue Elsewhere in Bushwick. While vinyl sales continue to rise, reaching their highest level since 1988 last year , recapturing the classic spirit of ...

  33. Juice WRLD's 'Death Race for Love' Rules for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 24, 2019 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Juice WRLD’s Death Race for Love spends a second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set earned 74,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 21, according to Nielsen Music. That’s down 55 percent compared to it ...

  34. Rap Snacks Announces Nationwide Partnership With Spencer's

    March 21, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The snack brand's new flavors with Cardi B and Migos, as well as others, will be stocked at the mall retailer’s 690 locations. Rap Snacks announced a new partnership with Spencer’s on Thursday (March 21) to sell its line of hip-hop-flavored chi ...

  35. Warner Music Group's Record Store Crawl Returning to Cities Nationwide

    March 14, 2019 7:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first crawl kicks off on Record Store Day, April 13, in New York City. Warner Music Group announced on Thursday (March 14) that its series of Record Store Crawl events will be hitting cities across the country for the fourth year in a row. The f ...

  36. 'The Greatest Showman' Soundtrack Edges Out BTS, Lady Gaga for IFPI's Best-Selling Album of 2018

    March 13, 2019 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Greatest Showman original motion picture soundtrack was this year's best-selling album globally, according to the The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the worldwide recorded music industry.  The ...

  37. Streaming Has Led Music's Rebound, But How Many Potential Subscribers Are Left?

    March 07, 2019 5:12 PM EST 0 0 0 The several-billion-dollar question is how much subscription streaming — and the overall industry — can grow. Recorded-music executives have good reason to feel bullish about their industry's comeback. Revenue in the United States is up by doub ...

  38. Germany's Music Market Flips for Digital as Streaming Overtakes CDs During Flat Year for Sales

    March 07, 2019 10:22 AM EST 0 0 0 The world's No. 3 music market continues its transition into streaming, which now makes up 46.4 percent of the market -- compared to 36.4 percent for CDs. Vinyl has hit a wall, falling 5.2 percent. Streaming finally overtook CDs as the market l ...

  39. Generation Rent: Streaming Subscriptions Now Account For Over 60 Percent Of All UK Music Sales

    March 05, 2019 9:53 AM EST 0 0 0 The growing popularity of music subscription services like Spotify, Amazon and Apple is turning British music fans into "generation rent," says U.K. trade group the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). In 2018, streaming subscription ...

  40. K-Pop Hits the Mall as Trans World Entertainment Adds Dedicated Retail Space, Sends Data to Korean Charts

    February 28, 2019 3:21 PM EST 0 0 0 Entertainment retailer Trans World Entertainment has signed a deal to report sales of its K-pop titles to Korean chart company Hanteo. And as part of that arrangement, the Albany, N.Y.-based chain is creating a K-pop section in each of its 210 U.S. ...

  41. Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassador

    February 12, 2019 10:59 AM EST 0 0 0 We don't yet know the list of exclusive albums available this spring, but we do know who will be the public face of the annual vinyl collector's holiday. Record Store Day's 2019 ambassador will be Pearl Jam , who have sold quite a bit ...

  42. Sunrise Records Chief Doug Putman Talks Rescuing UK's HMV Music Chain, Plans to Bring It Profitable

    February 07, 2019 7:37 PM EST 0 0 0 He says the British retailer will be brought into the black by the end of the year: "We'll set the expectations very high and hopefully deliver." Canadian music retailer Sunrise Records' purchase of iconic U.K. music chain HMV ha ...

  43. Roy Imber, Owner of Record World Music Retail Chain, Dies at 87

    February 06, 2019 8:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Roy Imber , the owner of the Record World music retail chain, died on Monday. He was 87.    Imber founded Record World in 1959 and built an East Coast music retail empire with about 100 stores from Florida up into New England. That also included run ...

  44. British Music Biz Welcomes Sunrise Rescue of HMV: 'Today Is Good News For the UK's Entertainment Industry'

    February 05, 2019 12:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Record label execs, stakeholders and representatives of the British music industry have welcomed the news that Canadian music retailer Sunrise Records is to buy HMV, saving the historic music retailer from closure.  "This is a very positive out ...

  45. Hip-Hop Album Sales Are Plummeting, Fast -- Why Some Artists' Teams Don't Mind

    January 25, 2019 5:15 PM EST 0 0 0 R&B/hip-hop artists have been dominating the charts -- while selling hardly any albums. For the week ending Jan. 17, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie topped the Billboard 200 for the second week in a row , selling fewer than 1,000 copies of Hoodie SZN eac ...

  46. Bandcamp Chooses Oakland for First Brick and Mortar Record Store: Look Inside

    January 17, 2019 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 The music platform gets into the (physical) record store business. Online music hub Bandcamp  will open its first brick-and-mortar record store on Feb. 1 in Oakland, Calif. The shop, which will double as a performance space, will feature a curated s ...

  47. Gaming Sales in U.K. Bigger Than Combined Revenue of Music and Home Video

    January 03, 2019 10:28 PM EST 0 0 0 The video games sector in the U.K. rose to £3.864 billion ($4.859 billion) in 2018, making it larger than the combined revenue of both the video home entertainment and music sectors for the first time. According to figures from the Entertainment Ret ...

  48. George Ezra, Ed Sheeran & Movie Soundtracks Lift U.K. Music Sales For Fourth Consecutive Year

    January 03, 2019 3:34 AM EST 0 0 0 A combination of blockbuster movie soundtracks and chart-topping albums by George Ezra , Ed Sheeran and Drake helped grow music sales in the United Kingdom for a fourth consecutive year in 2018, according to new figures from the Entertainment Retail ...

  49. Facing 'Tsunami of Challenges,' HMV Enters Administration for Second Time in Six Years

    December 28, 2018 9:24 PM EST ,200 jobs are at stake if the Hilco-owned U.K. music retailer can't turn things around. Again. HMV, the U.K.'s leading brick-and-mortar music and entertainment retailer, has gone into administration for the second time in six years follow ...

  50. HMV Closing All Hong Kong Stores, Citing AirPods and Other 'Drastic Changes'

    December 20, 2018 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Citing a "rapid decrease in sales" due to shifting consumer behaviors, music store chain HMV has decided to shutter all of its locations in Hong Kong. HMV Digital China Group, which operates the stores, said recent reforms to update its 25 ...

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