Monthly archives: April, 2015

Alabama Shakes Scores Its First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Rock band Alabama Shakes earns its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as its new album, Sound & Color, arrives in the top slot. The set, which was released April 21 on ATO Records, moved 96,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music….


Apple Will Charge You 30% More If You Subscribe to TIDAL on iOS

Jay-Z’s #TidalFacts information campaign spiraled out of control, but TIDAL is still trying to win fans over with various promotions….


TuneCore Revenue Up in First Quarter

Digital distributor TuneCore’s revenues rose 5 percent to $36 million in the first quarter, mirroring the slowed growth in the digital music markets of the United States and other large markets. The U.S. digital recorded music market climbed 6 percent last year while the U.K. market rose just 0.5 percent, according to IFPI figures released last…


X Ambassadors’ “Renegades” Named iHeartRadio “On the Verge” Song

iHeartRadio confirms X Ambassadors’ alternative track “Renegades” as its new “On the Verge” song….


Instagram Unveils Music Channel @Music

Instagram has revealed @music, a channel devoted to — you guessed it — music. “For the past four years, we have become the home for artists big and small,” wrote founder and CEO Kevin Systrom on the company’s blog, “a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect…


Jay Z to Perform Special B-Sides and Rarities Concert for TIDAL Subscribers

Shortly after coming to his streaming music service’s defense on Twitter, Jay Z (or Jaÿ-Z, as his name was stylized on the cover of his classic 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt — which was, incidentally, recently pulled from rival streaming service Spotify) has announced plans to perform an exclusive concert for TIDAL subscribers, all of whom will…


Live Nation buys controlling stake in Bonnaroo festival

Live Nation Entertainment has acquired controlling stake in Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the annual music event founded in Manchester, Tennessee in 2002….


Copyright Review Concludes with Final Hearing, Ball Passes to Congress

Wednesday’s House Judiciary hearing on copyright, the 20th in nearly two years, concluded a two-year review of copyright law by Congress. Stakeholders have provided their input. The Copyright Office has provided its recommendations. Now it’s up to Congress to do something….


Register of Copyrights Testimony Will Conclude 2-Year Congressional Copyright Review

Maria Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights, will be the lone witness in a Wednesday morning hearing that will give Congress guidance on the copyright issues it will address in the coming years. “The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review” to be held at 10 a.m. EST before the full House Judiciary committee, concludes two years of Congressional review of…


Nelly Readies Country Music EP

Fifteen years after the release of his debut album, Country Grammar, Nelly is gearing up to record a proper country record….