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  • 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
  • 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
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