Clear Channel will pay royalties for the first time to performers and a record label when songs are played on its radio stations. In return for the record label, Warner Music, will discount the high cost to stream music online.
A New York judge won't let the Beastie Boys off the hook in an illegal sampling lawsuit brought by TufAmerica, which owns rights to the musical compositions of Trouble Funk, an R&B group from the '80s. The copyright infringement lawsuit was...
Irving Azoff (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) Last week it was announced that the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) and music business mover and shaker Irving Azoff would enter into a joint venture called Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE).
Free downloads don't count towards Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. So it must have come as some surprise to unsigned artist Chance the Rapper when his mixtape, Acid Rap, entered the chart at #63 with sales of 1,000 copies for the week ending. The album had been offered for free on his website since.April 3
It's not often that we here at Billboard.biz let our hair down -- we keep our mullets up in a bun between 9 and 5, just like you -- but it's important to keep in mind that this business of music is, more often than not, about enjoyment as much as it is about streaming royalty rates and worldwide publishing deals. In that spirit we present to you "Weird Merch," a new column detailing precisely that. Enjoy.
Near the entrance of the Whole Foods on West Third Street and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles—between the juice bar and the body-care products—you’ll find something unusual: vinyl albums. Racked in 18 slots are about 200 copies of varied titles ranging from...
Amazon has reported 100% growth in vinyl sales in 2013 year-on-year. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is both the best-selling vinyl album of 2013 so far but also the overall best-selling vinyl title since 1999 when Amazon launched its Music Store.
There’s no denying the emotional power of music, and music’s ability to unite and move people at an emotional level makes it a great vehicle to inspire in ways that words can’t. In that way, the pairing of music and social causes creates a perfect duet with the power to create long-lasting, emotional connection with listeners.
Cassette Store Day took place over the weekend on September 7th with events taking place internationally. Bands played and I assume cassettes were sold. But, more importantly, community was built and a surprising amount of media coverage occurred.