1. Internet Slowdown Day: Netflix, Reddit Break Out Spinning Wheel to Defend Net Neutrality

    September 10, 2014 1:08 PM EDT It's Internet Slowdown Day for several of the biggest websites on the planet, including Netflix and Reddit, as users will see a spinning wheel in protest of a federal proposal to let broadband companies install fast lanes on the web. The wheel icons on the participating sites won't…

  2. Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15

    September 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The world's second-biggest music subscription service is finally coming to the world's biggest music market. Deezer, which claims to have 5 million subscribers and 16 million monthly users over 180 countries, announced Wednesday it will launch in the United States on Monday the…

  3. Pharrell Overtakes Robin Thicke for Most Downloaded Track Ever in U.K.

    September 10, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Pharrell Williams '  "Happy" has become the most downloaded track ever in the U.K. British music sales tracker The Official Charts Company said the song has overtaken Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines," which Williams also produced and featured on and which was the…

  4. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  5. Apple Store Is Down Ahead of New iPhone, Smartwatch Reveal

    September 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Looking to buy an iPhone that will likely be old-and-cheaper in a couple hours? Too bad, Apple's online store is officially down so that the trend-setting company can update product listings ahead of Tuesday's big announcement. Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in…

  6. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  7. Simone Battle's Death Ruled a Suicide

    September 08, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said. G.R.L.'s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull & Simon Cowell The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles…

  8. Spotify Unveils Video Takeover Ads for Free Users

    September 08, 2014 1:20 PM EDT If you're one of the tens of millions who use Spotify's free service, prepare to be taken over. The streaming music giant has announced a pair of new video ad products that will give brands a super-sized presence while you listen. For the desktop there's Video Takeover, in…

  9. TuneCore Opens Nashville Office, Hires Shelby Kennedy to Run It

    September 08, 2014 12:32 PM EDT TuneCore is planting roots in Music City. The digital music distribution and publishing company announced Monday it will open a Nashville office with newly hired Shelby Kennedy at the helm as vice president of entertainment relations. Kennedy is a well-known figure in Nashville, having…

  10. Arcade Fire, Wiz Khalifa and More Look to Groupon, LivingSocial to Sell Concert Tickets

    September 05, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Websites like Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won't break the bank. But increasingly, it's also becoming the place for music fans to scoop up deep…

  11. Here's What We Know About Apple's New 'iWatch'

    September 05, 2014 11:23 AM EDT Apple will make a big announcement about something very small on Tuesday, according to the New York Times , when the company unveils a watch-like wearable computer at an event that is also expected to give people a first look at a pair of beefed-up iPhones. Dubbed the iWatch by everyone but…

  12. Exclusive: Sony Music Forms Disruptor With Chainsmokers Manager

    September 05, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris has signed a joint venture artistic development deal with the Chainsmokers ' manager Adam Alpert that will see the formation of Disruptor Management. In addition to a management firm, the new company will field Disruptor Records, an imprint that…

  13. Obama Immigration Policy Rooted in John Lennon Deportation Case

    September 04, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Imagine. The argument over President Barack Obama 's legal authority to defer deportations begins 42 years ago with a bit of hashish, a dogged lawyer and, yes, John Lennon and Yoko Ono . President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election, "American Pie" was leading the pop charts…

  14. U.K. Music Industry Sets Trade Mission to India

    September 04, 2014 11:49 AM EDT U.K. Trade & Investment (UKTI), in partnership with The Association of Independent Music (AIM) and British labels trade body BPI (British Phonographic Industry), has announced a week-long trade mission to be held this fall in the Indian capital city of Mumbai. The trade mission is…

  15. Former Universal Exec Admits to Stealing $1M From Label

    September 04, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Duncan Schwier , a former production exec at Universal Music, admitted in a British court this week to syphoning more than £640,000 (USD $1 million) from the major label. Using falsified invoices, Schwier directed money to nonexistent companies for more than a decade. The court was told that…

  16. Vevo Looks to Take Music Videos Into Virtual Reality

    September 03, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Vevo will be there with a fully immersive music video experience when the just-announced Samsung Gear VR 3D headset is released later this year. Jon Li , product manager on the project, said in a statement that the project forced his team to re-think the whole music video-watching experience.…

  17. FCC's Open Internet Comments Overhwelmingly In Favor of Net Neutrality

    September 03, 2014 11:05 AM EDT % of comments were in favor of maintaing net neutrality. An analysis of over 800,000 comments submitted so far to the FCC's Open Internet forum debating the regulation of Internet service providers reveals a heavy use of form letters and an unsurprisingly robust opposition to ending…

  18. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  19. Justin Bieber Charged With Assault, Reckless Driving Near Hometown

    September 02, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police said the incident…

  20. Hot 100 Record-Breaker Fred Stobaugh, 97, Returns With New Song

    September 02, 2014 1:05 PM EDT After becoming the senior-most artist ever to appear on the Hot 100 last year, the beloved songwriter releases follow-up 'Took Her Home,' a second tribute to his late love, Lorraine A year ago this month, "Oh Sweet Lorraine" spent a week on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 42.…

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