Summer is inching upon us, and that means kids at public pools will be splashing, barbecues in the backyard will be blazing and a slate of blockbusters will start crowding around "The Avengers" at cineplexes.
There once was a time -- like, oh, the late 1990s -- when the box set loomed over the music world like a just reward. With dazzling presentations -- 3-D brains! Lucite cubes! portable faux-phonographs! -- and equally unrestrained liner notes, these CD collections were the ultimate capstone to an artist's career or the last word in genre compilations.
It's Press Day at the swanky Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. While a growing lineup of journalists waits in the green room, Pitbull gets down to business in a hotel room next door. He rattles off one perfect soundbite after another. He laughs. He mugs for the camera.
Singer Bruno Mars can avoid prosecution for a Las Vegas, Nevada, drug arrest if he stays out of trouble for a year, gets drug counseling, does 200 hours of community service and pays a $2,000 fine, according to terms of a deal confirmed by the prosecutor's office Friday.
Before the rise of online radio station Pandora and music video sites such as Vevo -- and years before Apple launched its iTunes music store -- Eric Garland reckoned that the Internet was going to transform the music industry. Back in 2000, when a lot of online listening activity involved illegal peer-to-peer file sharing via services such as Napster, Garland believed that all the online activity could actually help lesser-known bands and artists market themselves, if they could just quantify their successes. So he and Tom Allison, a former Coca-Cola marketing executive, formed BigChampagne to catalogue file sharing and MP3 downloads.
Sara Bareilles claimed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 as her second album, "Kaleidoscope Heart," moved 90,000 copies in its debut week to grab the top spot. Bareilles' first major label album, 2007's "Little Voice," entered the charts at number 45, selling only 16,000 copies, but built to platinum status from there.
Susan Boyle's dreams continue to come true. The singing sensation who emerged from obscurity on "Britain's Got Talent" is topping the charts, selling the most albums of any artist in a single week this year with the largest ever sales debut for a female artist.
Michael Jackson's financial woes were well documented: Numerous lawsuits, loss of control of his beloved Neverland and reports that he was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt all point to a complex money mess that trailed the King of Pop as vigilantly as his most ardent fans.
Jeff Price likes to say he can get anybody's album on iTunes for "the price of a six pack and a pizza." Now the founder of TuneCore, a Brooklyn-based digital music distributor, is offering his customers something more: the chance to be on the Billboard chart with a bullet.
Since the early days of pop music, the music industry has been searching for the secret formula to writing a successful song -- for that special alchemy that separates a Grammy-winner from a dud. For a period in the 1970s and 80s, the self-styled King of Pop Michael Jackson seemed to have stumbled upon it, but somewhere along the line he, too, seems to have misplaced it.
Regional department store chain Bon-Ton Stores, video game specialist GameStop and restaurant chain operator Triarc secured the top three slots in this year's list of the "Hot 100" retailers with the fastest-growing sales.
James Brown, the legendary R&B belter, a singer and songwriter who created a foundation for funk and provided the roots of rap, a man of many nicknames but a talent that can only be described as one of a kind, is dead.
In a new industry ranking Tuesday, video game specialist GameStop, online merchant Overstock.com and kids' apparel merchant Children's Place took the top three slots in a list of the "Hot 100" retailers with the fastest-growing annual sales.