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  • On the Charts: 5 Seconds of Summer Dethrone 'Weird Al'

    On the Charts: 5 Seconds of Summer Dethrone 'Weird Al' | ARTICLE

    Man, these sad numbers are steady—album sales down 15 percent, track sales down 13 percent. Maybe Adele can come back and save us all? BOY BAND'S CHART RUN WILL PROBABLY LAST MORE THAN 5 SECONDS:...

    July 30, 2014 1:20 PM ET
  • Why Are MTV and Spotify Joining Forces?

    Why Are MTV and Spotify Joining Forces? | ARTICLE

    As streaming takes over from downloading, services from Spotify to Beats Music to Google are scrambling to answer a key question: What do listeners want to hear next? Spotify's new move in that direction involves a marketing...

    July 24, 2014 1:30 PM ET
  • Mandatory One: 'Weird Al' Tops Chart for First Time in 30-Year Career

    Mandatory One: 'Weird Al' Tops Chart for First Time in 30-Year Career | ARTICLE

    Fill in the blanks: According to Nielsen Soundscan, album sales are down ___ percent and tracks are down ___ percent. Did you guess 15 and 13? Congratulations! You have been paying attention to 2014's strangely consistent download-business...

    July 23, 2014 3:05 PM ET
  • Sia Scores First Number One Album as 'Frozen' Sees Resurgence

    Sia Scores First Number One Album as 'Frozen' Sees Resurgence | ARTICLE

    Slow sales continue, but at least they're consistent — tracks are down 13 percent and albums are down 15 percent, numbers that have held steady for weeks. Here's a new one, though, according to Billboard: This week's...

    July 16, 2014 5:45 PM ET
  • The Biggest Music Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of

    The Biggest Music Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of | ARTICLE

    At first, Deezer, the international song-streaming service avaiable in 182 countries, didn't fully understand how to reach music fans in Brazil — its featured-artists homepage didn't emphasize sertanejo country hits or

    July 16, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • For Google, Songza Purchase May Represent Its Musical Future

    For Google, Songza Purchase May Represent Its Musical Future | ARTICLE

    Google's $39 million purchase of Songza, a 3-year-old company specializing in custom playlists, signals the latest big thing in digital music: curation. When Beats Music launched its streaming service earlier this year,...

    July 7, 2014 4:20 PM ET
  • Mid-Year Music Update: Streaming Is King as Downloads Fade Away

    Mid-Year Music Update: Streaming Is King as Downloads Fade Away | ARTICLE

    YouTube, Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and other music-streaming services are booming like never before, according to new mid-year numbers released by Nielsen Soundscan. Total video and audio streams jumped from 50 billion in the first half of...

    July 7, 2014 11:25 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Croon Their Way to the Top

    On the Charts: Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Croon Their Way to the Top | ARTICLE

    What does Ed Sheeran's x album title really stand for? "Multiply" is the official pronunciation, but maybe it's just curse-word shorthand for "x@$%ing record sales," with albums down 15 percent this year and tracks...

    July 2, 2014 2:35 PM ET
  • YouTube's New Subscription Service: Indie Labels Speak Out

    YouTube's New Subscription Service: Indie Labels Speak Out | ARTICLE

    YouTube's ad-free subscription service, rumored since last fall, could compete with rivals such as Spotify and Beats Music by charging premium users to stream a video with every track, among other things. Although the...

    July 1, 2014 10:05 AM ET
  • Lana Del Rey Bests Sam Smith for Chart Dominance

    Lana Del Rey Bests Sam Smith for Chart Dominance | ARTICLE

    Had Lana Del Rey made Ultraviolence 15 years ago, she would have sold 10 million copies and become the Next Alanis Morissette. Instead, she lives in 2014, and all she gets is...

    June 25, 2014 2:45 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Jack White Sets Vinyl Sales Record for 'Lazaretto'

    On the Charts: Jack White Sets Vinyl Sales Record for 'Lazaretto' | ARTICLE

    The streaming-music business continues to clank along on its road to The Future of the Record Business. Apple bought Beats Music, but has yet to say what it'll do with it. Amazon recently

    June 18, 2014 4:35 PM ET
  • YouTube's New Paid Streaming Music Service Rankles Some Indie Labels

    YouTube's New Paid Streaming Music Service Rankles Some Indie Labels | ARTICLE

    The battle between YouTube and various independent record labels, including those representing Adele and Arctic Monkeys, will intensify over the next few days with an alleged "mass cull" of music videos from YouTube's main website, according...

    June 17, 2014 3:48 PM ET
  • Paul McCartney's Tour Postponement Has Ripple Effect Through Industry

    Paul McCartney's Tour Postponement Has Ripple Effect Through Industry | ARTICLE

    Paul McCartney's postponed Out There tour dates left thousands of disappointed fans and promoters scrambling to adjust their schedules. And while the long-term costs of his recent viral infection are...

    June 12, 2014 4:50 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Miranda Lambert Continues Superstar Run

    On the Charts: Miranda Lambert Continues Superstar Run | ARTICLE

    Album sales are down 15 percent and track sales are down 12 percent and HEY LOOK OVER THERE LED ZEPPELIN MIRANDA LAMBERT IGGY AZALEA SHINY THINGS... Go Behind Miranda Lambert's Rolling Stone Cover Shoot: Exclusive Video

    June 11, 2014 5:45 PM ET
  • Michael Jackson Estate Has Big Plans for King of Pop's Vaults

    Michael Jackson Estate Has Big Plans for King of Pop's Vaults | ARTICLE

    Michael Jackson's estate managed to bring the late star back to life, sort of, with an unnerving onstage pseudo-hologram at May 18th's Billboard Music Awards – and that's just the beginning of its ambitious plans for...

    June 9, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Vision of Flub: Mariah Carey Garners Mediocre Sales With Album Debut

    Vision of Flub: Mariah Carey Garners Mediocre Sales With Album Debut | ARTICLE

    Last week's announcement that Apple bought Beats Electronics, streaming service and all, for $3 billion, symbolized the shift among consumers from buying music to renting it. That's what executives at the biggest record labels are...

    June 4, 2014 6:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Coldplay Shun Spotify for Number One Debut

    On the Charts: Coldplay Shun Spotify for Number One Debut | ARTICLE

    The story has been consistent all year: Album sales are down 15 percent, single sales are down 12 percent, and streaming services are taking over the record business. But Coldplay is fighting back! Will...

    May 29, 2014 1:15 PM ET
  • For Apple, Beats' Streaming Service Trumps Headphone Business

    For Apple, Beats' Streaming Service Trumps Headphone Business | ARTICLE

    Although Beats Music had only 111,000 subscribers in March, the streaming service is the crucial centerpiece of Apple's $3 billion purchase Wednesday of its parent company, headphones giant Beats Electronics, according to a record-industry...

    May 29, 2014 9:40 AM ET
  • Is Ticketmaster's New Resale Program Helping or Hurting Fans?

    Is Ticketmaster's New Resale Program Helping or Hurting Fans? | ARTICLE

    After years of trying to compete with StubHub, eBay and other companies in the multibillion-dollar ticket-scalping market, Ticketmaster has boosted its new TM+ resale program to the point that 90 percent of the company's events...

    May 27, 2014 3:37 PM ET
  • Why VIP Packages Are Ruining Rock Festivals

    Why VIP Packages Are Ruining Rock Festivals | ARTICLE

    At Coachella in April, you could have watched bands like Arcade Fire and Outkast while standing in a huge field amid thousands of music fans. Or you could've paid $3,250 to get shuttled to the...

    May 22, 2014 10:00 AM ET
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