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Skrillex Makes 'Wild' Jump on Social 50 Chart
25/01/2013

The EDM star takes a leap thanks to A$AP Rocky collaboration "Wild for the Night." more...

Bubbling Under: Jake Bugg Seeks To Duplicate Chart-Topping U.K. Success
25/01/2013

Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Jake Bugg, Little Mix, Slice 9 and Joey Bada$$. more...

Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
24/01/2013

When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game,  a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name. more...

Pepsi, Vevo to Spotlight Best New Artists, 'X Factor' Winner Tate Stevens During Grammys
24/01/2013

Pepsi has announced collaborations with Pandora and Vevo for the Grammy Awards. With Vevo, Pepsi will produce a video series based around the Best New Artists nominees; and with Pandora the company will curate a Best New Artist mixtape as well as genre stations. more...

13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013
24/01/2013

As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM? more...

Gary Allan Set for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart
23/01/2013

After a Billboard chart career that dates back to 1996, country singer Gary Allan is on course for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that his new release, "Set You Free," may sell around 80,000 to 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 27. more...

Business Matters: Apple Sets iTunes Record But Misses Bigger Expectations
23/01/2013

Apple set a new iTunes record, but fell short of some analysts' expectations when it released its earnings report Wednesday afternoon. The company had record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 (the company's first fiscal quarter of 2013). more...

Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
23/01/2013

Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned. more...

Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music
23/01/2013

Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide. more...

BandPage Builds Out 'Pipes' to Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook
23/01/2013

BandPage on Wednesday announced that its half a million users can update some of their information simultaneously on Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook -- putting in place key pieces of its ambition to give musicians a central location where they can manage their myriad online presence. more...

Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
23/01/2013

In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade. more...

Business Matters: Google Says 'Gangnam Style' Video Has Earned Over $8 Million
22/01/2013

During Google's fourth quarter earnings call Tuesday afternoon, Google senior VP and chief business officer Nikesh Arora said, "Outside estimates say... [‘Gangnam Style’] has generated over $8 million in all-in advertising deals." As of Jan. 22, the "Gangnam Style" video has been viewed 1.23 billion times. more...

Too Early To Say Whether Kim Dotcom's Mega Is Legal (Analysis)
22/01/2013

Hollywood watches 500,000 users sign up in the service's first 14 hours, but Mega's fate in the courts rests on how they use the storage site.   more...

Three Directors Step Down at Sirius XM Radio as Liberty Media Takes Control
22/01/2013

Leon Black, Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw resign from the board of the satellite firm.   more...

Billboard's New iPad App: Try It Now for Free!
22/01/2013

Along with our fully revamped glossy magazine, which we unveiled today, Billboard has also introduced the new iPad edition of Billboard -- the complete weekly magazine reinvented for your iPad with interactive extras. Subscribe today to experience this week’s issue absolutely for free! more...

Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
22/01/2013

Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services  and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd. more...

Welcome to the New Billboard
21/01/2013

The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers. more...

Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
21/01/2013

The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association. more...

Atari U.S. Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
21/01/2013

The U.S. arm of video game maker Atari has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, planning to separate from its unprofitable France-based parent company. more...

Britney Spears and Will.i.am Beat Out Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent For Top UK Single; 'Les Mis' Has No. 1 Album
21/01/2013

Polydor/Universal’s original motion picture cast recording of “Les Miserables” climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as “Scream & Shout” (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears held off new entries by 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake to start a second week atop the singles survey. more...

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