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  • On the Charts: Black Keys Best Michael Jackson for Top Spot

    On the Charts: Black Keys Best Michael Jackson for Top Spot | ARTICLE

    Michael Jackson is back! But this time he's dead. And, at least as far as the sales numbers are concerned, so is his beloved (well, loved and hated, anyway) record business. Album sales are...

    May 21, 2014 1:35 PM ET
  • Chart Watch: 'Now 50' Disrupts 'Frozen' Number One Streak

    Chart Watch: 'Now 50' Disrupts 'Frozen' Number One Streak | ARTICLE

    Track sales — down 12 percent. Album sales — down 16 percent. Let's do this. APOLOGIES FOR PUTTING "LET IT GO" INTO YOUR HEAD ANOTHER WEEK: Finally, I have something else to write about, now that Frozen is...

    May 15, 2014 8:50 AM ET
  • How Coachella, Bonnaroo and More Festivals Revamped the Music Industry

    How Coachella, Bonnaroo and More Festivals Revamped the Music Industry | ARTICLE

    In 2001, the last time Outkast hit the road for a major tour, they were coming off a multiplatinum album and a Number One single, "Ms. Jackson." André 3000 and Big Boi played 46 shows on...

    May 13, 2014 11:00 AM ET
  • Apple in Talks to Buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion

    Apple in Talks to Buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion | ARTICLE

    Earlier this year, Jimmy Iovine, who founded headphones giant Beats Electronics with rapper Dr. Dre, gave a clue as to what Apple was missing in its computer empire. He recalled that when iPods first came out...

    May 8, 2014 11:20 PM ET
  • Cold War: Will Coldplay Dethrone 'Frozen' on Charts?

    Cold War: Will Coldplay Dethrone 'Frozen' on Charts? | ARTICLE

    You know it's bad when Coldplay (see below) is the record business' next great hope. Not that there's anything wrong with Coldplay — it's just that we're not exactly in the middle of a...

    May 7, 2014 4:20 PM ET
  • Freezing Reign: 'Frozen' Remains Unbeatable on Charts

    Freezing Reign: 'Frozen' Remains Unbeatable on Charts | ARTICLE

    The Frozen soundtrack continues to dominate the charts, but one day, we may look back at it as a symbol of the year music sales completely self-destructed after years of pain. Album sales are down 16...

    April 30, 2014 5:45 PM ET
  • Pandora, RIAA's Legal Fight Could Have Drastic Effect on Artists

    Pandora, RIAA's Legal Fight Could Have Drastic Effect on Artists | ARTICLE

    Whoever wins the legal battle between Pandora and the world's biggest record labels over payments for songs released before February 15, 1972, could save tens of millions of dollars and fundamentally change how artists and labels generate...

    April 25, 2014 10:10 AM ET
  • Industry Tries to Survive Summer Concert Season Without Superstars

    Industry Tries to Survive Summer Concert Season Without Superstars | ARTICLE

    For the first time since 2007, U2, Madonna and the Rolling Stones are all sitting out touring the U.S., and with Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift...

    April 18, 2014 10:05 AM ET
  • 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
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