How ‘1989’ Edged Out ‘Frozen’ as the No. 1 Album of 2014, and Vice Versa

As streaming grows in popularity, competing album sales metrics that yielded two different No. 1 albums illustrate the music industry at a crossroads.






YouTube Music Key Is Introduced as New Rival in Streaming

As YouTube pushes into paid content, other online music outlets are being forced to defend or change their business models to better compensate artists.






Small Labels and YouTube Enter Deal on Licensing

YouTube has been developing features that would preserve its free model, but also give paying subscribers more extensive access to music.






The Piano Guys Have Released ‘Wonders’

The Piano Guys, whose mash-ups of classical and pop music are an Internet sensation, have just released “Wonders,” their new album.






Turning Microcelebrity Into a Big Business

All it takes is blood, sweat and selfies.

ArtsBeat: Kutiman Returns With More YouTube Sampling Madness

A new piece by the stylistically omnivorous musician and producer combines samples from YouTube videos






Noted: Meghan Trainor, Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles Address Body-Image Issues

Body image issues are a renewable resource for pop stars and their teenage fans.






ArtsBeat: Opening the Vault on YouTube: 13,000 More Performance Clips

Music Vault’s YouTube Page offers 13,000 performance clips, estimated to be roughly 2,000 hours of music.