Dec 23, 2014

Lower sales affected acts worldwide

by Patrick ST. Michel

The Japanese music market has faced hard times as of late. Starting with an announcement from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in March that the country’s music sales dropped 16.7 percent in 2013, the past 12 months saw no particular upswing in ...

Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations

Dec 8, 2014

Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations

by Shaun Tandon

Newcomer Sam Smith joined Beyonce and Pharrell Williams on Friday to lead in nominations for the Grammy Awards, with the music industry’s annual picks weighted toward R&B-influenced artists. Smith — the British blue-eyed soul singer who emerged in force this year with “Stay With ...

Taylor Swift pulls music from streaming service Spotify

Nov 4, 2014

Taylor Swift pulls music from streaming service Spotify

by David Bauder

Spotify stopped streaming Taylor Swift’s music at her request Monday, setting up a business struggle between the industry’s most popular artist and the leading purveyor of a new music distribution system. The music streaming service sounded like a spurned boyfriend in a statement announcing ...

Taylor Swift goes pop for giant release

Oct 28, 2014

Taylor Swift goes pop for giant release

by Shaun Tandon

Moving more decisively away from her country roots, Taylor Swift on Monday released a danceable pop album that the beleaguered record industry hopes will be the year’s top-seller. Called “1989,” the year the soon-to-be 25-year-old US music phenomenon was born, Swift’s fifth album is ...

Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Aug 25, 2014

Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

by Mesfin Fekadu

Beyonce closed the MTV Video Music Awards with an epic nearly 20-minute performance, and tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter. Beyonce sang and danced Sunday in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay ...