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Drake smashes US one-week streaming record… in three days

Despite grumbles – including ours, yesterday – about the nature of its promotion on Spotify, Drake’s new album ‘Scorpion’ is already a multiple record-breaker. Billboard reports that the album has “already...
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US charts to add Pandora and iHeartRadio subscription streams

Hot on the heels of the UK official-chart changes announced yesterday, Billboard has confirmed the latest tweak to its Hot 100 and Hot 200 rankings, among other US charts. From the week of 29 June - 5 July, subscription streams...
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Billboard Latin Music Week 2018 spotlights stars and digital trends

Popular artists Ozuna, Maluma and Bad Bunny will be the keynote stars of Billboard’s Latin Music Week 2018 conference in April, but the streaming-fuelled boom in Latin music’s global popularity will be the backdrop for...
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The “women in music” conundrum revealed in two parallel stories

On the same day that Billboard covered a study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (a think tank within the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism) showing how massively underrepresented women are in music...
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Billboard launches ‘Artist Pass’ Snapchat music series

Snapchat is the latest frontier for music TV. Or so Billboard hopes, with its launch of a new shortform series called ‘Artist Pass’. Distributed via Snapchat in five-minute episodes, the show will go behind the scenes...
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Meek Mill Tidal streams spark Billboard charts row

We were intrigued this morning by a slightly-defensive article on Billboard titled ‘Clearing up ‘Free Streams’ on the charts’, published in response to “misinformation posted online” about its albums-chart methodology. The...
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Jimmy Iovine blames labels, YouTube and Billboard for bad albums

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has been making waves again, with an interview for Beats 1 in which he criticises labels for their handling of YouTube and safe harbour, suggesting that they are partly responsible for a decline...
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Billboard Hot 100 chart will now include Pandora data

As it prepares to launch its premium on-demand streaming tier, Pandora has also hit a new milestone of credibility: its data will now be incorporated into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the US. Streams on Pandora are now...
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Billboard launches multi-platform video news channel

Billboard is going big on video, with the launch of a new channel called Billboard News that will live across a range of online-video services. The channel will publish four ‘episodes’ lasting 60-90 seconds every day,...
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Billboard names its ’40 under 40’ list for 2016

Billboard has published its ’40 Under 40’ list of “top young power players” in the music industry, with several digital executives included.
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The 30 best music business managers – with the emphasis on “man”

Billboard got hauled over the coals in February when it ran its Power 100 List, spotlighting the most powerful people in music – which ended up being dominated by old white men. So for its rundown of the 30 most important...
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Brand Aid Part 2 – Sandbox 160

In part two of sandbox’s investigation into bands, brands and digital marketing, we look at the role that labels can play in securing the right partnership deals, as well as looking at some of the best and worst brand marriages.