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Billboard Adds YouTube, Video Plays To Album Charts

Billboard will now count video plays from YouTube, Apple, Vevo, and Tidal when calculating its Billboard 200 album chart. Video views, which will be added starting January 3rd, will become. Continue reading

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Rolling Stone To Launch Billboard Competitor ‘RS Pro’

[UPDATED] Rolling Stone Magazine is readying the launch of a music industry news and analytics site that will be a direct competitor to Billboard. Dubbed “RS Pro,” the site will. Continue reading

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Billboard CEO Amato Paid $18 Million To Exit [RERORT]

Yesterday we reported that allegations of sexual misconduct, a pattern of burying similar allegations against others and possible financial improprieties had allegedly forced the exit of Billboard, Spin and Hollywood Reporter CEO. Continue reading

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Billboard, Hollywood Reporter CEO Exits Amid Investigation

The CEO of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, John Amato has stepped down. His departure comes amid both an investigation into his conduct and a reorganization at the media group,. Continue reading

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BTS Is First K-pop Band To Top Billboard Hot 200

South Korean boy band BTS has become the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 chart following the release of their new album, Love Yourself: Tear. 

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100% Indie Artist Shares How He Got 2 Billion Streams [VIDEO]

Paul Cardell is a poster boy for the modern music industry. This truly independent artist – he owns all of his own publishing and masters – is a three time. Continue reading

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R. Kelly Streams Increase After Spotify Ban

A week after Spotify made R. Kelly the poster boy for its "Hate Content and Hurtful Conduct" policy, total streams of his music actually went up slightly. Last week,  Spotify. Continue reading

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Amuse Raises $15.5M For Next Gen. Record Label, Free Music Distribution

[UPDATED] Next-generation record label and music distributor Amuse has raised a $15.5 million Series A round co-led by Lakestar and Raine.The company was founded in Stockholm by execs from Spotify,. Continue reading

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Troy Carter Denies Spotify Exit, Admits To Disagreement

After Spotify announced a new "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy last week that resulted in R. Kelly and others being downgraded on  the platform, the rumor mill went into. Continue reading

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