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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Returns To Top 40 After 21 Years

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On the most recent Billboard 200 chart (dated Sept. 5), Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, as the album shifted another 99,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 20 (according to Nielsen Music). Read the rest of this page »

Modern Promotion and Playlistings: Beyond the Playola

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Fifteen years ago, a record label would pitch its new releases to a record store or chain like Tower Records. Ten years ago, they were pitching their priority releases to digital download stores like iTunes. Now they pitch streaming services. Read the rest of this page »

The Creative Nonpocalypse

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Has the digital age brought about a decline in artisticand creative careers? A recent times article says no, but the creative economy is complex and creative work itself can be difficult to define.

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4 Ways Musicians And Lables Can Identify Disruptive Products Early

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While new products and services are constantly being introduced to the music industry, few of these are truly “disruptive.” This article examines some telling signs that can allow artists to identify game-changing technologies early on.

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Meet The Match.com For Record Labels: How Creative Commission Is Challenging Music Biz Rules

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Hip-hop megastar Nicki Minaj’s angry mid-July tweet was manna from heaven for tabloid entertainment commenters everywhere.

Minaj’s ass-wiggling, masculinity-skewering video for hit single Anaconda had not been nominated for the main prize at the MTV Video Music Awards 2015.

Evidently, she wasn’t happy. Read the rest of this page »

Ian Rogers Leaving Apple Music for Unrelated Industry

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Ian Rogers, current Apple executive and former CEO of Beats Music (before its acquisition and transition by Apple), is leaving the Cupertino, Ca.-based tech giant. The news was first reported by the Financial Times early this morning (Aug. 28). Apple confirmed the move to Billboard. The jump is a surprising transition for a lifelong fan and music technology innovator — Financial Times reports the exit “caught colleagues off guard.” Read the rest of this page »

Vine Announces New Music Functions With ‘Music on Vine’ Initiative

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Vine has announced a new music-based initiative with a number of new music functions that will take affect Friday, allowing users an improved interface posting and experiencing music content. In a blog post Thursday, the 6-second video sharing app outlined “Music on Vine” with the new additions and their benefits.  Read the rest of this page »

300 Entertainment Ramps Up for a Big Fall With Fetty Wap and Young Thug Albums

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It’s a Wednesday in August, ­backstage at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., and Fetty Wap can’t believe he’s here to kick off a monthlong arena tour, opening for Chris Brown. “It still feels like November to me,” says the 25-year-old, shaking his blonde ­dreadlocks in wonder. Read the rest of this page »

X Ambassadors Top Billboard & Clio Music’s Top Commercials, Powered by Shazam

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Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music, Billboard partners with Clio Music each month to present a chart ranking the top songs in commercials. Rankings exclude any song that has recently charted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Read the rest of this page »

The Real Problem With Music Streaming

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Although debates over music streaming generally revolve around the meager incomes which they often earn for artists and songwriters, there may be a larger issue at stake concerning the overall commercial sustainability of these services.

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Apple Confirms Big Event for Sept. 9: ‘Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint’

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Get ready to trade in that cracked iPhone. Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. Read the rest of this page »

Is Subscription Streaming Making Fourth-Quarter Blockbuster Albums Obsolete?

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Last Oct. 27, Taylor Swift released what the country-crossover star called her “first documented pop album,” 1989. By year’s end, it had already sold 3.7 million copies, according to Nielsen Music. Swift’s blockbuster, not available on Spotify, might be among the last of its kind: big pop albums issued in the fall to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. Read the rest of this page »

Is Flipagram The Next Social Hub For Artists?

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Gunning to be the social network where artists connect with their fans is an ambitious goal.  But Flipagram has deep pockets and offers the one thing most of its competitors from Facebook to niche players don’t - artist monetization.

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SoundCloud Sued By British Publishing Org PRS for Music

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“After careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against the online music service SoundCloud,” begins a letter that has been sent to all PRS members, signed by PRS executive director, membership and international Karen Buse. Read the rest of this page »

MTV’s Ill-Fated Web Experiment Iggy to Shutter

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MTV has had a tough 2015, enduring dropping ratings, layoffs of more than 200 staffers and the exits of several prominent executives (among them: Van Toffler, formerly president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, and Dave Sirulnik, executive vp news, documentaries and specials). Now, multiple sources tell Billboard that MTV Iggy, a division of MTV World, will be closing its doors in early September. Read the rest of this page »