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Record Store Day 2015 was once again a triumph, according to merchants who participated in the event and data supplied by Nielsen Music. For the week ended April 19 -- Record Store Day was held on April 18 -- the independent sector counted for 532,000 album scans, or 21.5 percent of total physical album sales, and 11.9 percent of overall sales. In both instances, it represented the highest weekly sales percentages total for the indie sector since 2003, according to Nielsen Entertainment Sr. VP Dave Bakula. MORE >>
Billboard took a look at how the nominees stacked up against each other in some of the key categories of the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, telecast by CBS on April 19. The graphs here show sales, streaming and airplay data, as tracked by Nielsen Music, from the award eligibility period (November 28, 2013 to November 26, 2014) for the Entertainer of the Year, Best New Artist, Song Of The Year and Album of the Year nominees. MORE >>
"The power of the internet is on full display this week, as Vine sensation Shawn Mendes tops the charts with his debut full-length album, Handwritten. The record moved 119,000 album equivalent units (including 106,000 in traditional album sales) despite the lack of a major airplay hit." Read more here! MORE >>
Music Biz 2015 will host a jam-packed Breakfast & Business Session on May 13 set to feature a welcome message from Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a speech from Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) CEO and President Charlie Brock, and live music from Rock band Civil Twilight. John Kunz, Owner and President of iconic Austin-based record store Waterloo Records & Video Inc., will also be presented with the 2015 Independent Spirit Award. Read more here! MORE >>