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  • Google Glass Expanding Into Music

    Google Glass Expanding Into Music | ARTICLE

    The futuristic online glasses known as Google Glass will add music functions over the next two weeks for the few thousand "Explorers" beta-testing the devices around the world. These include hands-free access to Google Play,...

    November 12, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Hard Festival Plotting All-Female DJ Weekends

    Hard Festival Plotting All-Female DJ Weekends | ARTICLE

    HARD, the influential, six-year-old dance-music festival that typically stacks its headliners with men like Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Diplo, will launch a "weekender" of all-female DJs in New York and Los Angeles next spring. Gary Richards, the festival's...

    November 8, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Arcade Fire Debut On Top

    On the Charts: Arcade Fire Debut On Top | ARTICLE

    After Miley and Katy logged middling first-week sales, then dropped down Billboard's album chart, the record industry is carefully watching Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which came out yesterday and could help salvage a...

    November 6, 2013 3:35 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Katy Perry Roars Out of the Gate

    On the Charts: Katy Perry Roars Out of the Gate | ARTICLE

    Every week I lament that album sales are dropping, even online, and the top-charting albums are making debuts with disturbingly low sales numbers. But maybe record labels don't even care. They're making up the difference with streaming!...

    October 30, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • Lou Reed Record Sales Spike After Death

    Lou Reed Record Sales Spike After Death | ARTICLE

    Lou Reed famously didn't sell many records during his five decades in the music business, but after he died Sunday at age 71, sales increased significantly. So did radio play of "Walk On the Wild Side,"...

    October 30, 2013 11:50 AM ET
  • How YouTube's Subscription Service Will Benefit Record Labels

    How YouTube's Subscription Service Will Benefit Record Labels | ARTICLE

    YouTube's music-subscription service, which could launch as early as December, is about two things: big user numbers and monthly revenue. Spotify has 6 million paying customers, but a billion people view YouTube videos every month....

    October 25, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • YouTube Planning Subscription Service - Report

    YouTube Planning Subscription Service - Report | ARTICLE

    YouTube is planning to enter the crowded music-subscription market, possibly by December, vying with Spotify, Beats by Dre's upcoming "Project Daisy" service, Rdio and others to draw customers away from piracy and Apple's iTunes music store....

    October 24, 2013 11:20 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Pearl Jam Bolt to Number One

    On the Charts: Pearl Jam Bolt to Number One | ARTICLE

    Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney both landed nicely on the charts in their first weeks, but neither one could reverse the dismal overall trend of dwindling album sales (down six percent) and single sales (down...

    October 23, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Finally Kicks In

    On the Charts: Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Finally Kicks In | ARTICLE

    Pretty much every week has been Miley week in late 2013, but this week really is, as Bangerz finally shows up to rescue the record business. It sold 270,000 copies in its debut week, which is...

    October 16, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Justin Timberlake Debuts at Number One Again

    On the Charts: Justin Timberlake Debuts at Number One Again | ARTICLE

    Uh-oh, a blip! And not in the right direction. Track download sales have been down three percent for much of this year compared to 2012, but this week the sad number grew to four percent. Album-download sales...

    October 9, 2013 1:35 PM ET
  • Why AEG Live Won the Michael Jackson Lawsuit

    Why AEG Live Won the Michael Jackson Lawsuit | ARTICLE

    Michael Jackson's final concert promoter, AEG Live, won't have to pay as much as $1.5 billion to the late superstar's mother and children, a Los Angeles jury ruled Wednesday. The jury found the promoter not liable in...

    October 4, 2013 9:40 AM ET
  • FBI Shuts Down Silk Road

    FBI Shuts Down Silk Road | ARTICLE

    The FBI has shut down Silk Road, a hard-to-find e-commerce site on the "Deep Web" that allegedly trafficked in drugs, guns, computer-hacking, money-laundering and even murder-for-hire. The site has operated for two and a half years as...

    October 2, 2013 3:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same' Makes the Difference

    On the Charts: Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same' Makes the Difference | ARTICLE

    The Christmas-shopping season – better known as the fourth-quarter period when the labels release their blockbusters and make their profits – has unofficially begun. Drake's Nothing Was the Same kicked off the race, along with three...

    October 2, 2013 1:50 PM ET
  • Polly Anthony, Former Epic Records President, Dead at 59

    Polly Anthony, Former Epic Records President, Dead at 59 | ARTICLE

    In 1998, when Korn was about to take off, the over-the-top metal band's managers decided to drive a tank through Manhattan as part of a promotion. Polly Anthony, Epic Records' president at the time, said: "Wow,...

    October 1, 2013 11:55 AM ET
  • Why 'Breaking Bad' Chose Badfinger's 'Baby Blue'

    Why 'Breaking Bad' Chose Badfinger's 'Baby Blue' | ARTICLE

    "Baby Blue," the memorable 1972 Badfinger track that closes Breaking Bad as an ode to blue meth, was creator Vince Gilligan's idea. His music team didn't agree. Thomas Golubić, the show's music supervisor, kept picking alternate...

    October 1, 2013 9:40 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Jack Johnson Goes 'From Here to Now' to Number One

    On the Charts: Jack Johnson Goes 'From Here to Now' to Number One | ARTICLE

    Head-scratching stories like this one notwithstanding, the bad news continues for record labels, especially the biggest ones. Song-download sales are down three percent and album-download sales are down six percent, and even though streaming revenues...

    September 25, 2013 12:40 PM ET
  • Will iTunes Radio Benefit Musicians?

    Will iTunes Radio Benefit Musicians? | ARTICLE

    Apple's iTunes Radio, which arrived this week as part of the new iOS 7 software for iPhones and iPads, is almost exactly like Pandora. The classic-heavy-metal channels for each service play plenty of Judas Priest and AC/DC,...

    September 20, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • Seven Ways Musicians Make Money Off YouTube

    Seven Ways Musicians Make Money Off YouTube | ARTICLE

    You'd think because "The Internet" equals "music piracy," your favorite pop stars would never make any money from those millions and millions of clicks on their YouTube videos. But YouTube is fast becoming a place -- certainly...

    September 19, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Miley Cyrus Takes 'Wrecking Ball' to the Competition

    On the Charts: Miley Cyrus Takes 'Wrecking Ball' to the Competition | ARTICLE

    Remember those days when album sales were the purest measure of a pop star's success? They're gone forever. So Keith Urban, the biggest star in the land this week, has only managed to coax a relatively paltry...

    September 18, 2013 5:15 PM ET
  • Inside Ticketmaster's New Scalping Plan

    Inside Ticketmaster's New Scalping Plan | ARTICLE

    Depeche Mode fans scouring Ticketmaster's website for unsold seats to the band's September 20th show, at Gexa Energy Center in Dallas, will find $900 tickets marked "RESALE" just a few rows up from $140 tickets sold for...

    September 13, 2013 4:55 PM ET
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