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  • On the Charts: Ariana Grande, Nine Inch Nails Get High Marks

    On the Charts: Ariana Grande, Nine Inch Nails Get High Marks | ARTICLE

    MTV's Video Music Awards are behind us, and what appears to be a packed fall album-release schedule (Eminem! Lady Gaga! Katy Perry! Miley Cyrus!) is ahead of us. But for now, much-anticipated singles by Perry,...

    September 11, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • Drugs, Death and Dance Music

    Drugs, Death and Dance Music | ARTICLE

    As lights flashed, monster beats pounded and thousands of ravers threw their arms in the air, things took a dark turn on August 31st, the second day of New York's annual Electric Zoo festival. In separate incidents,...

    September 11, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • iTunes Radio Will Launch September 18th

    iTunes Radio Will Launch September 18th | ARTICLE

    Apple, the company that revolutionized music a decade ago, whooshed through its biggest music development during a press conference for the new iPhone today in Cupertino, California. The long-expected iTunes Radio will make its debut September 18th...

    September 10, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Eminem and Avenged Sevenfold Burst Pop's Bubble

    On the Charts: Eminem and Avenged Sevenfold Burst Pop's Bubble | ARTICLE

    In the first week after Labor Day, new albums and singles are starting to arrive that could define the fall shopping season. For the record industry's sake, they better be big – track sales remain down three...

    September 4, 2013 2:50 PM ET
  • How Fear of No Football Ended the CBS-Time Warner Dispute

    How Fear of No Football Ended the CBS-Time Warner Dispute | ARTICLE

    Late Show with David Letterman, NCIS and The Talk are one thing, but neither CBS nor Time Warner Cable could have allowed the football season to open with huge swaths of New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas,...

    September 4, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Luke Bryan Edges Out John Mayer

    On the Charts: Luke Bryan Edges Out John Mayer | ARTICLE

    The giant "buy" buttons tied into Apple's iTunes Radio, which is supposed to arrive with iOS 7 software this month, may come just in time for the record industry – album sales are down six percent and...

    August 28, 2013 1:55 PM ET
  • iTunes Radio Prepares to 'Pounce' As Streaming 'Arms Race' Heats Up

    iTunes Radio Prepares to 'Pounce' As Streaming 'Arms Race' Heats Up | ARTICLE

    As Apple prepares iTunes Radio for a September launch, with top brands such as Pepsi, McDonald's and Nissan as advertisers, the long-suffering record industry is hoping for a new kind of boom. Competition for streaming-music customers is...

    August 27, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • CBS Blackout Frustrates Artists Aiming for 'Letterman' Exposure

    CBS Blackout Frustrates Artists Aiming for 'Letterman' Exposure | ARTICLE

    For months, John Mayer's marketing people worked on scheduling a slot on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman timed to the release of his new album, Paradise Valley. And Mayer's August 19th version of the countryish...

    August 26, 2013 2:19 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Katy Perry and Lady Gaga Singles Duke It Out

    On the Charts: Katy Perry and Lady Gaga Singles Duke It Out | ARTICLE

    With the exception of two huge new singles and one surprisingly popular country album, this week's sales are of a piece with the slow summer. Track sales remain down three percent compared to last year, and album...

    August 21, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: The Civil Wars Divide and Conquer

    On the Charts: The Civil Wars Divide and Conquer | ARTICLE

    Have I mentioned lately that sales are slow? Albums are down six percent compared to 2012 and tracks are down three percent. But watch this space next week: Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Roar" just...

    August 14, 2013 2:45 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Robin Thicke Hits the Top With Topless Hit

    On the Charts: Robin Thicke Hits the Top With Topless Hit | ARTICLE

    How many ways can one person write "summer malaise"? Jay and Kanye are long behind us, and the main exciting chart news this week involves Robin Thicke, who had better concoct a second hit, and...

    August 7, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • Album Sales Nosedive as Cruel Summer Rolls On

    Album Sales Nosedive as Cruel Summer Rolls On | ARTICLE

    After more than a decade of online piracy, record-store closings, major-label layoffs and superstar artists abruptly turning independent, the record industry may have finally hit bottom this summer. At the end of July, U.S. albums sold just...

    August 6, 2013 1:01 PM ET
  • Secrets of the Michael Jackson Trial

    Secrets of the Michael Jackson Trial | ARTICLE

    The Jackson family's lawsuit against AEG Live, the promoter that planned Michael Jackson's London comeback concerts at the O2 Arena in London, is serious business. Michael's mother, Katherine, seeks billions of dollars in damages, arguing that...

    August 2, 2013 2:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Selena Gomez Takes Holy Grail From Jay Z

    On the Charts: Selena Gomez Takes Holy Grail From Jay Z | ARTICLE

    After weeks of summeritis, with Jay Z making the only major chart headlines, Selena Gomez' new album and One Direction's new single have both arrived to liven up the chart monotony. Track sales actually ticked up...

    July 31, 2013 2:15 PM ET
  • Eight Things We Know About Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP'

    Eight Things We Know About Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' | ARTICLE

    Information on Lady Gaga's upcoming album ARTPOP is so locked down that only a few tantalizing facts about the LP have dribbled out so far. We know, for instance that there will be an app involved...

    July 30, 2013 4:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Jay Z Stays on Top

    On the Charts: Jay Z Stays on Top | ARTICLE

    It was such a slow week that rapper Ace Hood's Trials & Tribulations made it to Number Four despite selling a relatively small 34,000 copies. Just 4.7 million albums were sold this week overall, down six percent...

    July 24, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: J. Cole Sneaks into Top Spot in Week Without Fireworks

    On the Charts: J. Cole Sneaks into Top Spot in Week Without Fireworks | ARTICLE

    This week should really be about fireworks charts – spinners at Number One! sparklers plummeting! – since nobody really buys albums on the Fourth of July. Jay-Z news aside, and some action involving J. Cole, the...

    July 10, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Wale Keeps the Hip-Hop Summer Rolling

    On the Charts: Wale Keeps the Hip-Hop Summer Rolling | ARTICLE

    The summer's big hits – Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Imagine Dragons' Night Visions, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" – continue to crystallize into chart fixtures. But overall sales are dropping:...

    July 3, 2013 1:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Dethrones Black Sabbath

    On the Charts: Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Dethrones Black Sabbath | ARTICLE

    After several fairly slow summer weeks, new blockbusters have finally started to roll out, beginning with Kanye West's Yeezus. Weekly album sales jumped five percent compared to the previous week, according to Billboard, but they're...

    June 26, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Black Sabbath Score First Number One

    On the Charts: Black Sabbath Score First Number One | ARTICLE

    Four weeks after Daft Punk's Random Access Memories began what appears to be a long run in the Top 10, the record business is in one of those summer periods where even acts that aren't...

    June 19, 2013 2:40 PM ET
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