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  • On the Charts: 'Frozen' Tops Another Dismal Sales Week

    On the Charts: 'Frozen' Tops Another Dismal Sales Week | ARTICLE

    Any chance Adele could come out of whatever British domestic utopia she's living in to (re-)rescue the record business? Because, no offense to the Frozen soundtrack, things are bleak out there. Albums are down 17 percent, singles...

    April 16, 2014 4:30 PM ET
  • RIAA Revs Up Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    RIAA Revs Up Lawsuit Against Megaupload | ARTICLE

    The giant square jaw of illegal music downloading belongs, these days, to Kim Dotcom, the German former hacker whose Megaupload.com allegedly enabled sharing of $500 million worth of copyrighted material. Two years after the U.S. Department of...

    April 14, 2014 5:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Aussie Boy Band 5 Seconds of Summer Almost Top 'Frozen'

    On the Charts: Aussie Boy Band 5 Seconds of Summer Almost Top 'Frozen' | ARTICLE

    If you're looking for record-industry good news, album sales have actually climbed 4 percent—but that's just compared to last week. Overall, they're down 16 percent this year (actually a staggering number), and track sales are down 13...

    April 9, 2014 6:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Can Skrillex Ride 'Recess' to Live Success?

    On the Charts: Can Skrillex Ride 'Recess' to Live Success? | ARTICLE

    In 1999, if you'd told me album sales would be down 17 percent a third of the way into the year, I'd have declared it a crisis and called every record executive to ask why the sky was...

    April 2, 2014 5:50 PM ET
  • 'Silent Spotify Album' Creator Talks Strategy Behind Unique Plan

    'Silent Spotify Album' Creator Talks Strategy Behind Unique Plan | ARTICLE

    Forget Exile On Main Street or Zen Arcade — the most brilliant album available on Spotify may be Vulfpeck's new Sleepify, 10 tracks containing 30 seconds of silence apiece. The laid-back Los Angeles funk-rock band has asked fans...

    March 21, 2014 10:45 AM ET
  • Cold Soar: 'Frozen' Returns to Top Spot on Charts

    Cold Soar: 'Frozen' Returns to Top Spot on Charts | ARTICLE

    Good news: according to new record-industry figures, streaming revenues in 2013 were more than $1.4 billion. Bad news: streaming revenue doesn't seem to be making up for lost download and CD sales. Track sales are down 11 percent...

    March 19, 2014 6:30 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Pharrell, Rick Ross Post Big Opening Weeks

    On the Charts: Pharrell, Rick Ross Post Big Opening Weeks | ARTICLE

    I had a theory that 2014’s music sales were depressingly low, in part, because major pop stars took forever to release their likely hit albums and singles. But the hits are finally starting to arrive – see Pharrell, Rick...

    March 12, 2014 12:23 PM ET
  • How 'Frozen' Went From Small Soundtrack to Worldwide Phenomenon

    How 'Frozen' Went From Small Soundtrack to Worldwide Phenomenon | ARTICLE

    With more than 1 million album sales, an Academy Award, hundreds of millions of YouTube views and battalions of middle-school girls attempting the "Let It Go" high notes, the Frozen soundtrack today seems like...

    March 11, 2014 3:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Schoolboy Q Rules, While U2, Karen O Get Oscar Bump

    On the Charts: Schoolboy Q Rules, While U2, Karen O Get Oscar Bump | ARTICLE

    By my count, 2014 has had just three new album releases reliable enough to sell 100,000 copies or more and hit Number One — Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes, Eric Church's

    March 5, 2014 2:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: 'Frozen,' 'Lego Movie' Dominate

    On the Charts: 'Frozen,' 'Lego Movie' Dominate | ARTICLE

    Rather than rehashing the same old dismal music-sales news in this space (tracks down 12 percent, albums down 15 percent), let's focus on the good things. Like Pharrell's "Happy" — it's Number One, up 22 percent, selling...

    February 26, 2014 3:15 PM ET
  • Can Shazam Predict the Next Big Hit?

    Can Shazam Predict the Next Big Hit? | ARTICLE

    Every time one of Shazam’s 88 million users asks, "What’s that song?" and IDs it on a phone, record labels receive another chunk of crucial information to determine the next big hit. Far from just a resource to...

    February 20, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Valentine's Day Shows Love to Album Sales

    On the Charts: Valentine's Day Shows Love to Album Sales | ARTICLE

    The year's music-sales news continues to be bleak — track sales are down 12 percent, and album sales are down 16 percent — but this week suggests some hope. Thanks to Valentine's Day, album sales jumped 20 percent compared...

    February 19, 2014 1:40 PM ET
  • Don Henley, Steven Tyler Condemn Potential Copyright Law Change

    Don Henley, Steven Tyler Condemn Potential Copyright Law Change | ARTICLE

    If Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, the Eagles' Don Henley, Deadmau5, Sting and other top songwriters have their way, the U.S. won't change copyright laws to "strip" them of their right to refuse mashups,...

    February 13, 2014 5:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Shakira's Quiet 'Forget You' Surge

    On the Charts: Shakira's Quiet 'Forget You' Surge | ARTICLE

    So physical CD sales are so bad that digital sales are about to take over. Yet digital sales are terrible too – tracks are down 11 percent this year. (Albums, too, are down 15 percent, but...

    February 12, 2014 2:25 PM ET
  • YouTube's Billion-Dollar Payout Provides New Revenue for Musicians

    YouTube's Billion-Dollar Payout Provides New Revenue for Musicians | ARTICLE

    A YouTube executive's recent revelation that the company has paid more than $1 billion to the music business over the last few years was no surprise to artists who’ve noticed an increase in online-video money on their...

    February 5, 2014 5:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Imagine Dragons Bounce Back With Kendrick Lamar

    On the Charts: Imagine Dragons Bounce Back With Kendrick Lamar | ARTICLE

    The Grammy Awards have spent the past two weeks disguising the fact that almost no blockbuster songs or albums have come out in the entirety of 2014 – other than perhaps Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes,...

    February 5, 2014 2:30 PM ET
  • Daft Punk, Paul McCartney Lead Post-Grammy Sales and Stream Bumps

    Daft Punk, Paul McCartney Lead Post-Grammy Sales and Stream Bumps | ARTICLE

    In addition to picking up three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, and performing several songs with an all-star band featuring Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers, the robot duo Daft Punk have cleaned...

    January 29, 2014 2:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Hats Off to Pharrell

    On the Charts: Hats Off to Pharrell | ARTICLE

    Last year: Sales are down! Streaming may be taking over! This year: Sales are ridiculously down! Streaming, please help us! So far in 2014, undoubtedly due to the crappiest monthly release schedule in recent history, track sales...

    January 29, 2014 12:45 PM ET
  • Trent Reznor on Why Beats Is Worth Your Money and NIN's Next Plans

    Trent Reznor on Why Beats Is Worth Your Money and NIN's Next Plans | ARTICLE

    In addition to screaming his lungs out as frontman for Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor has a corporate job – he's chief creative officer for Beats Music, the new streaming-music service that launched earlier this week....

    January 24, 2014 12:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Bruce Springsteen's 'Hopes' Debuts High

    On the Charts: Bruce Springsteen's 'Hopes' Debuts High | ARTICLE

    Will Beats Music, the streaming-music service that just came out from headphones giant Beats by Dre, cannibalize download sales even further than Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and the rest have done already?...

    January 22, 2014 1:15 PM ET
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