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  • Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, The Who Lead Packed 2013 Tour Season

    Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, The Who Lead Packed 2013 Tour Season | ARTICLE

    If Keith Richards' prediction that the Rolling Stones will hit the road next year holds true, they'll be joining what is already a strong lineup of tours for early 2013. Lady Gaga, the Who, Taylor Swift,...

    November 6, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • Beleaguered Music Industry Has High Hopes for Fall Season

    Beleaguered Music Industry Has High Hopes for Fall Season | ARTICLE

    After more than a decade of reeling from low CD sales, the record business is finally heading into a holiday shopping season with a little confidence. Taylor Swift's Red sold more than 1.2 million copies in its...

    November 6, 2012 9:00 AM ET
  • Hurricane Sandy Benefit Plans Came Together Overnight, Say Organizers

    Hurricane Sandy Benefit Plans Came Together Overnight, Say Organizers | ARTICLE

    NBC's Friday night benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy – set to feature Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi and network stars Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams and Matt Lauer – came...

    November 1, 2012 5:10 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Taylor Swift Hits a Million Without Sales Tricks

    On the Charts: Taylor Swift Hits a Million Without Sales Tricks | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Taylor Swift. Duh. Red is not only the best-selling album of this week, it's the best-selling album of any week since 2002, when Eminem's The Eminem Show made its debut with...

    October 31, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Concert Business Grinds to a Halt in Hurricane Sandy's Wake

    Concert Business Grinds to a Halt in Hurricane Sandy's Wake | ARTICLE

    David Byrne and St. Vincent had to postpone their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight in New York because one of their backup musicians was stuck in Mexico City, a monitor engineer was stranded...

    October 30, 2012 3:45 PM ET
  • The State of Streaming Music

    The State of Streaming Music | ARTICLE

    For more than a decade, people in the record industry have been trying to shift music fans from stealing music to paying, say, $10 a month to listen to any song on demand. Until recently, that seemed...

    October 30, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Taylor Swift's Label Shuns Streaming Services With 'Red'

    Taylor Swift's Label Shuns Streaming Services With 'Red' | ARTICLE

    Taylor Swift's Red may soon be the year's biggest-selling album, but it isn't on Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio or any of the other music-streaming services – and that's not surprising. Late last year, Scott Borchetta, founder of...

    October 25, 2012 11:00 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Set to Blow Up

    On the Charts: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Set to Blow Up | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Taylor Swift. Her album Red just came out yesterday, and Billboard's retail sources are already predicting 1 million in first-week sales. By today's piracy-plagued standards, that's gigantic – since Swift's previous...

    October 24, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • Fans React as Billboard Changes Charts Formula

    Fans React as Billboard Changes Charts Formula | ARTICLE

    In an attempt to present more accurate data, Billboard recently shook up its rock, country, hip-hop and Latin charts, resulting in broad pop stars such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Psy suddenly having more juice...

    October 19, 2012 5:25 PM ET
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Chose DIY Route on Latest Album

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Chose DIY Route on Latest Album | ARTICLE

    To make The Heist, which sold 78,000 copies and hit Number Two on the Billboard charts and Number One on iTunes this week, Seattle rapper Ben "Macklemore" Haggerty and producer Ryan Lewis were so determined to...

    October 18, 2012 9:55 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Slip, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Impress

    On the Charts: Mumford & Sons Slip, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Impress | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Indie rags-to-riches stories have become more common in the last few years, now that it takes just 20,000 or 30,000 album sales to hit the Top 10 rather than...

    October 17, 2012 1:40 PM ET
  • Rockers Rally to Obama in Campaign's Final Days

    Rockers Rally to Obama in Campaign's Final Days | ARTICLE

    For most of this year, liberal rock stars have supported President Obama's reelection campaign in behind-the-scenes ways: the Red Hot Chili Peppers gave a private performance for 1,200 campaign staffers in Cleveland in April, Pearl...

    October 17, 2012 9:30 AM ET
  • On the Charts: Mumford & Sons 'Babel' On, Muse Take Second

    On the Charts: Mumford & Sons 'Babel' On, Muse Take Second | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Single sales. The record industry's shift from selling albums to selling singles first kicked in, chart-wise, three or four years ago, but it has rarely been so starkly obvious as this week on...

    October 10, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012

    On the Charts: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012 | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Mumford & Sons. And Spotify. Suddenly, the low-key British folk-rockers join Adele, Taylor Swift and Lil Wayne on the ever-more-exclusive list of Artists Who Can Sell More Than Two or Three Hundred Thousand...

    October 3, 2012 11:10 AM ET
  • Music Festivals Enjoy Record Expansion in 2012

    Music Festivals Enjoy Record Expansion in 2012 | ARTICLE

    Music festivals are more dominant than ever in the concert business, and they're still growing – from Coachella, which brought in a record-breaking $47.3 million gross over two weekends in April, to this weekend's Starry Nights, where...

    September 28, 2012 4:25 PM ET
  • Lyor Cohen's Warner Music Exit Ripples Through Industry

    Lyor Cohen's Warner Music Exit Ripples Through Industry | ARTICLE

    The record industry was a few years into its decline when Lyor Cohen took over as the Warner Music Group recorded-music division's chairman and chief executive in 2004. Although Warner's roster contained some of the world's biggest...

    September 25, 2012 4:05 PM ET
  • Sale of Promoter AEG Would Radically Alter Concert Business

    Sale of Promoter AEG Would Radically Alter Concert Business | ARTICLE

    If billionaire Philip Anschutz sells his Anschutz Entertainment Group – which controls portions of the Lakers and Kings sports teams as well as Los Angeles' Staples Center, London's O2 Arena, 98 other entertainment venues and the Coachella...

    September 21, 2012 12:40 PM ET
  • On the Charts: Dave Matthews Rules the 'World'

    On the Charts: Dave Matthews Rules the 'World' | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Dave Matthews Band. And rock albums in general. The hippie hero's Away from the World LP debuts at Number One with 266,000 copies sold; next on the album chart is Little Big...

    September 19, 2012 2:24 PM ET
  • Music-Discovery App Shazam Expanding Into TV

    Music-Discovery App Shazam Expanding Into TV | BLOG ENTRY

    After four years of training smartphone users to identify any song they hear on the spot, Shazam is betting big on television, expanding its popular app to recognize shows on every channel. Once "tagged," a show will...

    September 18, 2012 9:00 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Ratings Tumble During Premiere Week

    'X Factor' Ratings Tumble During Premiere Week | ARTICLE

    Before The X Factor made its U.S. debut last September, judge and creator Simon Cowell predicted that 20 million viewers would tune in – and ended up with 12.7 million. "I'm being much, much more cautious this...

    September 14, 2012 4:30 PM ET
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