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  • Irving Azoff's Live Nation Exit Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

    Irving Azoff's Live Nation Exit Leaves Many Questions Unanswered | ARTICLE

    Days after announcing his surprise resignation as Live Nation Entertainment's executive chairman, powerful Eagles and Christina Aguilera manager Irving Azoff revealed his frustration that he couldn't use his position to lower ticket prices, kill service...

    January 4, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Digital Songs Close 2012 With Record Sales Week

    On the Charts: Digital Songs Close 2012 With Record Sales Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Digital songs. By downloading Psy's "Gangnam Style" for a New Year's Eve party mix last week – and yes, haters, some of us still like that song, and for the record, it's way...

    January 3, 2013 2:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: T.I. Takes Off

    On the Charts: T.I. Takes Off | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: T.I. Prison seems to have done minimal damage to the Atlanta rapper's career, as his Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head sells 179,000, second only to Taylor Swift's Red, which sold 276,000, an...

    December 27, 2012 6:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Rod Stewart's Christmas Cage Match

    On the Charts: Rod Stewart's Christmas Cage Match | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Christmas Cage Match. Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby had emerged as the early holiday-season favorite, wavering around Number Three and Number Four since it came out in October. But look out!...

    December 19, 2012 12:15 PM ET
  • Radio Stations Pull Ke$ha's 'Die Young' From Rotation

    Radio Stations Pull Ke$ha's 'Die Young' From Rotation | ARTICLE

    Dozens of radio stations have pulled Ke$ha's "Die Young" after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut – for reasons of "sensitivity," says a source close to the Cumulus Media chain, which owns 525 stations,...

    December 19, 2012 10:22 AM ET
  • Top Artists Adjust to New World of YouTube Bootlegs

    Top Artists Adjust to New World of YouTube Bootlegs | ARTICLE

    Plug "Metallica" and "full concert" into YouTube and dozens of incredible clips come up: a full, two-hour concert from earlier this year; a two-and-a-half hour 1989 show from Seattle; the band's complete set from the 1999 Woodstock...

    December 17, 2012 10:56 AM ET
  • Gil Friesen, Influential Music Mogul, Dead at 75

    Gil Friesen, Influential Music Mogul, Dead at 75 | ARTICLE

    Gil Friesen, the record executive who built A&M Records with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss – helping to introduce the Police, Janet Jackson, Soundgarden and the Carpenters to the world – died Thursday...

    December 14, 2012 7:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Bruno Mars Aims for Big Week in Slow Season

    On the Charts: Bruno Mars Aims for Big Week in Slow Season | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bruno Mars. The R&B sleeper made two smart moves this fall. He put out "Locked Out of Heaven," a catchy little thing with excellent beeping noises that has drawn almost 37 million...

    December 12, 2012 1:00 PM ET
  • 2013 Grammy Nominations: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    2013 Grammy Nominations: The 5 Biggest Surprises | ARTICLE

    Nothing's ever too shocking about the Grammy nominations – the recording industry honors songs and albums with artistic merit and decent sales as well as performers who might look nice on TV. But still, 55th annual Awards:...

    December 6, 2012 9:10 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' Leads Lukewarm Week

    On the Charts: Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire' Leads Lukewarm Week | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Alicia Keys. By default. (It was a terrible week for album sales – see below.) Girl on Fire hit Number One, but its sales were a measly 159,000, the lowest of any...

    December 5, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Pandora Clashes With Musicians Over Song Payments

    Pandora Clashes With Musicians Over Song Payments | ARTICLE

    In its long-running battle with Pandora over royalty payments for streaming songs, the record business dispatched its most potent weapon – prominent musicians – to Capitol Hill this week. Before last Wednesday's hearing about the Internet Radio...

    December 3, 2012 4:10 PM ET
  • Grammy Nomination Odds Favor Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean

    Grammy Nomination Odds Favor Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean | ARTICLE

    After a year that lacked culture-dominating albums by pop superstars like Adele or Lady Gaga, the 2013 Grammy nominations are likely to be a void through which just about anybody can jump. It won't be Taylor...

    December 3, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Rihanna On Top

    On the Charts: Rihanna On Top | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Rihanna. For all the negative press Rihanna received the last two weeks about dragging a bunch of tired, grumpy journalists on her plane throughout Europe, the singer sold a respectable 238,000 copies...

    November 28, 2012 12:00 PM ET
  • On the Charts: One Direction Assume the Boy-Band Throne

    On the Charts: One Direction Assume the Boy-Band Throne | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: One Direction. Officially taking the boy-band baton from Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, 'NSYNC, New Kids on the Block and Bay City Rollers, One Direction's Take Me Home sold 540,000 copies, the...

    November 21, 2012 12:25 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Taylor Swift Stays on Top, One Direction Jump the Gun

    On the Charts: Taylor Swift Stays on Top, One Direction Jump the Gun | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Holiday shoppers. With Black Friday a week and a half away, the fourth quarter's blockbuster albums are clicking into place – Ne-Yo's R.E.D. shows up at Number Four, selling 66,000 copies, and One...

    November 14, 2012 1:50 PM ET
  • Inside the Beatles' Vinyl Album Remasters

    Inside the Beatles' Vinyl Album Remasters | ARTICLE

    The remastered Beatles catalog arrives on 180-gram vinyl in record stores tomorow (today in the U.K.). While engineers didn't have to spend as much time on them as they did on the remastered CDs, they...

    November 12, 2012 2:55 PM ET
  • Paul McCartney Launches Another 'Magical Mystery Tour'

    Paul McCartney Launches Another 'Magical Mystery Tour' | ARTICLE

    A guy who can backload his concert with "Hey Jude," "Yesterday," "Helter Skelter," "Get Back" and "Day Tripper" can pretty much do whatever he wants for the first two hours. For most of his first...

    November 12, 2012 11:50 AM ET
  • Record Stores Reeling After Hurricane Sandy

    Record Stores Reeling After Hurricane Sandy | ARTICLE

    Rob Roth's customers in Fords, New Jersey, have trees through their houses, no power, no heat and ridiculous lines for gas. So they're not thinking about Rod Stewart's new Merry Christmas, Baby. "It's very adversely affected business,"...

    November 9, 2012 1:15 PM ET
  • Kid Rock Lifts iTunes Boycott With 'Rebel Soul' Album

    Kid Rock Lifts iTunes Boycott With 'Rebel Soul' Album | ARTICLE

    Kid Rock, who has pointedly stonewalled Apple in the past, will release his new LP Rebel Soul through the dominant online retailer. The album, due on November 19th, is available by pre-order on iTunes, and its...

    November 8, 2012 12:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' Is Hot, Neil Young Debuts Strong

    On the Charts: Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' Is Hot, Neil Young Debuts Strong | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bruno Mars. The obvious choice here is Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper whose Dreams & Nightmares sold 165,000 copies and was runner-up on the album chart to Taylor Swift's Red (344,000,...

    November 7, 2012 1:30 PM ET
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