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  • 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
  • On the Charts: Katy Perry Surges During Post-Holiday Lull

    On the Charts: Katy Perry Surges During Post-Holiday Lull | ARTICLE

    January music-sales numbers are always weird, so don't read too much into the 15 percent drop in album sales and 11 percent drop in digital-track sales so far in 2014. An Adele-style blockbuster could come along at...

    January 15, 2014 12:50 PM ET
  • Taylor Swift Leads Rebounding Concert Business

    Taylor Swift Leads Rebounding Concert Business | ARTICLE

    With Taylor Swift leading the way, grossing more than $110 million for her North American tour, the concert business appears to have fully recovered from its summer struggles of three years ago. Overall ticket revenues have jumped...

    January 11, 2014 12:54 PM ET
  • On the Charts: 'Frozen' Soundtrack Rides Polar Vortex to Number One

    On the Charts: 'Frozen' Soundtrack Rides Polar Vortex to Number One | ARTICLE

    Eight days into 2014, with artists and record executives still trying to rouse themselves from holiday-season cavorting, the only serious chart news to report is the rise of the Frozen soundtrack. It’s too early, even, to lament...

    January 8, 2014 1:50 PM ET
  • Digital Music Takes a Dive as Record Sales Slip Again in 2013

    Digital Music Takes a Dive as Record Sales Slip Again in 2013 | ARTICLE

    Digital music sales, once believed to be the record industry's savior after years of Napster-induced piracy, dropped for the first time since the iTunes store launched in 2003, according to new year-end data from Nielsen SoundScan....

    January 8, 2014 1:15 PM ET
  • How Colorado's New Pot Laws Will Affect the Local Concert Industry

    How Colorado's New Pot Laws Will Affect the Local Concert Industry | ARTICLE

    Next time Umphrey's McGee plays Colorado, the jam band with the marijuana-friendly following will not add a new marketing tagline: “Come from out of town to go pot-shopping!" But longtime Umphrey's manager Vincent Iwinski acknowledges the...

    January 6, 2014 2:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Beyonce, One Direction Want Your Gift Cards

    On the Charts: Beyonce, One Direction Want Your Gift Cards | ARTICLE

    Spotify, YouTube and, any day now, Beats Music may well take over the record industry and usher in a renaissance of rich Sony and Universal executives. For now, though, let's say good riddance to 2013, which ended...

    January 2, 2014 2:20 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Beyonce Stays Fierce

    On the Charts: Beyonce Stays Fierce | ARTICLE

    Unless Adele or Taylor Swift follow Beyoncé's lead and drop surprise masterpieces in the next five days, it looks like a terrible-selling 2013. Track sales are down five percent and album sales down nine percent – depressing...

    December 26, 2013 8:40 PM ET
  • Passenger's Long Road to Overnight Success

    Passenger's Long Road to Overnight Success | ARTICLE

    Passenger's overnight success took six years, one band breakup, hundreds of gigs in small European pubs, countless hours busking on the streets and five albums. So when the melancholy folk song "Let Her Go" sold 1 million copies in October,...

    December 20, 2013 1:30 PM ET
  • Meet A Great Big World, the New York Duo Behind 'Say Something'

    Meet A Great Big World, the New York Duo Behind 'Say Something' | ARTICLE

    After Christina Aguilera's people called to say she wanted to collaborate with them, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino laughed, screamed and told each other repeatedly to shut up. Then they calmed down and agreed that the pop...

    December 18, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Beatles Surprise With Rare 'Bootleg 1963' Release

    Beatles Surprise With Rare 'Bootleg 1963' Release | ARTICLE

    As of this morning, The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 became available for $40 via iTunes. Many have speculated the rare material appeared simply so the band can re-establish copyrights for its recordings – European Union copyright laws stipulate...

    December 17, 2013 12:15 PM ET
  • How Did Beyonce Keep Her Surprise Album a Secret?

    How Did Beyonce Keep Her Surprise Album a Secret? | ARTICLE

    A week ago, Toronto songwriter and producer Noah "40" Shebib was mixing and mastering "Mine" when Beyoncé's people called to demand the finished song immediately. "They were pressuring me: 'We need this mix. We got to...

    December 13, 2013 5:25 PM ET
  • The Reverend Horton Heat Return to Psychobilly

    The Reverend Horton Heat Return to Psychobilly | ARTICLE

    To make Rev, the Reverend Horton Heat's first studio album in four years, the band forced itself to redo songs as many as five times in a row. But that wasn't because the guys in the veteran...

    December 13, 2013 9:30 AM ET
  • Beastie Boys Suing Toymaker for 'Girls' Use

    Beastie Boys Suing Toymaker for 'Girls' Use | ARTICLE

    The legal battle between the Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox, the toy startup that used the New York hip-hop trio's song "Girls" for a commercial without permission, intensified Tuesday. In suing the company for copyright infringement...

    December 11, 2013 3:17 PM ET
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