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Online music going for a song, says U.S. bill seeking more cash for composers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Songwriters need to make more money when their music is played on online services like Pandora and elsewhere, according to a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday by a Republican congressman. The measure, introduced by Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, would give songwriters more leeway in arguing for higher royalties before a special court that mediates disputes over payments.

'Now 49' compilation knocks 'Frozen' from Billboard 200 top spot

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The latest edition of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise featuring chart hits by Lorde and Katy Perry debuted at the top of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, pushing the "Frozen" film soundtrack off its pedestal. "Now 49," a 21-track compilation that includes songs by Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, sold 98,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Boy-band One Direction year's best-sellers

British pop phenomenon One Direction were on Thursday named as the world's most popular recording artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Band member Niall Horan called it "incredible news" and thanked fans for the newly-created award, which aggregates CD and vinyl sales; download sales and streaming numbers. "It's great to have a chart that includes everything from iTunes and record stores, to YouTube and Spotify," he said. "Again a huge thank you to all of our fans for such an amazing 2013."

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Jan. 20, to Sunday, Jan. 26, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Tycho, "Montana" (Ghostly International) 2. Manchester Orchestra, "Top Notch" (Seven Four Entertainment, LLC./Republic Records) 3. Beck, "Blue Moon" (Capitol Records) 4. A Great Big World, "Everyone Is Gay" (Epic Records) 5. Timeflies, "All The Way" (Island Def Jam Music)

Beyonce 'Frozen' out of top spot on Billboard 200

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disney princesses ousted Queen Bey from her three-week reign atop the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as the soundtrack to Disney's latest film "Frozen" knocked Beyonce's self-titled album from the top spot.

Jay-Z tops Grammy nominations, snub for Timberlake

Veteran rapper Jay-Z topped nominees for the 2014 Grammys announced Friday with nine nods, while Taylor Swift and Daft Punk were also among those in the running in major categories. But Jay-Z other major stars including Justin Timberlake failed to score any nominations in the major categories, which saw a mixture of rap and pop in the running for the top honors at music's equivalent of the Oscars next month.

Boy band One Direction makes chart history with third No. 1 album debut

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British boy band One Direction made chart history on Wednesday as its third album debuted at No. 1 on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, the only group to have its first three albums top the chart in opening week sales. The quintet's "Midnight Memories" sold 546,000 copies, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Eminem ousts Lady Gaga to reclaim top spot on Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Eminem climbed back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after ousting last week's chart-topper Lady Gaga. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" reclaimed the top spot on the weekly album chart with sales of 120,000, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Singer Kelly Clarkson pregnant with first child

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Kelly Clarkson is pregnant with her first child, the 31-year-old Grammy winner announced on Twitter on Tuesday. "I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :)," Clarkson tweeted. Clarkson, the first contestant to win the Fox singing competition "American Idol," married talent manager Brandon Blackstock in October.

Guess who's back? Eminem returns, as does controversy

Guess who's back? Back again? Thirteen years after "The Marshall Mathers LP" that quickly secured his spot in the hip-hop canon, Eminem is out Tuesday with a sequel in which he returns both in song and verse to the 1990s -- and reignites controversy with his use of anti-gay slurs. For "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," the top-selling rapper in history teams up with producer Rick Rubin, the founder of Def Jam Records who brought to the mainstream such breakthrough rap acts as Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys.
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