1. Burning Man App Becomes Tool for Hong Kong Protestors

    October 01, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Now into a fifth day of pro-democracy protests that has seen downtown Hong Kong, one of the busiest districts in the world, come to a virtual stand still, demonstrators have been notable for their preparedness. Goggles, face-masks, plastic ponchos and umbrellas have been standard items…

  2. VH1 Promotes Sandy Alouete to Head of Talent, Music Programming

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Longtime VH1 exec Sandy Alouete has been promoted to senior vice president of talent and music programming at the network, effective immediately. She's taking over for Rick Krim , who left the company over the summer. Related Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming,…

  3. Neil Diamond Signs with WME

    October 01, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with the William Morris Endeavor agency for his representation worldwide, it was announced today. It is the first time the singer has been with an agency in 30 years. Diamond's management remains with Katie McNeil Diamond, his wife. “We are incredibly honored to…

  4. Sony/ATV and Chainsmokers Manager Launch Joint Publishing Venture Selector Songs

    October 01, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing along with Chainsmokers manager Adam Alpert are launching a joint venture music publishing company, dubbed Selector Songs, which will focus on pop and EDM talent. The deal extends Sony/ATV's relationship with Alpert as it already cut a publishing deal with the…

  5. Happy 95th Birthday, Broadcasting! So, What Have You Done For Us Lately?

    October 01, 2014 10:59 AM EDT This month marks the 95th anniversary of radio's first wireless broadcast. On Oct. 17, 1919 -- 24 years after Guglielmo Marconi discovered that radio signals could be sent and received -- Frank Conrad , an engineer at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company's laboratory in…

  6. Jared Leto, Snoop Dogg Pump Dollars Into Reddit

    October 01, 2014 10:17 AM EDT Investors have put $50 million into the site, which plans to give back a percentage to community members. Reddit, the community-driven link site popular for its "ask me anything" series and abundance of NSFW material, announced this week that it has raised $50 million from…

  7. Ticketmaster Enters Qatar, Site of World Cup

    September 30, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Live Nation's Ticketmaster has opened up an office in Qatar, its second entry into the Middle East in two years. The tiny nation of 2 million has a rapidly growing economy and was recently awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup, an event it insists will happen despite concerns about the…

  8. U.K. Parody Laws Set to Come Into Effect

    September 30, 2014 1:10 PM EDT A small but significant change to U.K. legislation comes into effect Wednesday (Oct. 1) that will enable people to freely parody copyright protected video, film and TV works without fear of reprisal or legal challenge. The new laws ­-- actually an amendment to the Copyright, Designs and…

  9. eMusic Begins Purging Major Labels in Renewed Indie Push

    September 30, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Pioneering digital music store eMusic has announced a return to its indie roots, telling members that it will no longer sell releases distributed by major labels Sony, Universal and Warner. The site, which launched in 1998 as an online outlet for independent music, but began selling product…

  10. Spotify Officially Launches in Canada

    September 30, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Break out the Timbits and add some extra cheese curds to that poutine, Spotify is finally available in Canada. The music streaming giant officially invited Canadian music fans to the club on Tuesday, bringing Spotify to its 58th nation worldwide. The popular service is available on mobile,…

  11. EU Says Ireland Gave Apple Sweetheart Tax Deals

    September 30, 2014 8:29 AM EDT European Union regulators said Tuesday that a probe has led to the "preliminary" conclusion that Ireland has given Apple "illegal state support" via special tax arrangements. The European Commission, the EU's antitrust authority, has been looking at sweetheart tax…

  12. RCA's Tom Corson, Pitbull Honored By T.J. Martell Foundation in NYC

    September 29, 2014 12:57 PM EDT RCA Records President and COO Tom Corson was honored Sunday at the 15th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Family Day, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Also honored was Polo Grounds Music/RCA recording artist Pitbull , who headlined the day's musical showcase and received…

  13. Marvel, Jack Kirby Estate Settlement Brings End to High-Stakes Copyright Battle

    September 29, 2014 11:56 AM EDT On Friday, Marvel ended a long and bitter feud with the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby , announcing a settlement just days before the U.S. Supreme Court had scheduled a conference to discuss whether to take up a case with potentially billions on the line. "Marvel and the family…

  14. UMG Partners with Science Fictional Ad Placement Company Mirriad and Havas Agency

    September 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group artists have a new way to make money from their music videos following a three-way pact between the label, in-video advertising company Mirriad and global ad agency Havas. With the deal, Mirriad will use its digital product placement technology to offer Havas clients,…

  15. Samsung to Offer Google Play Music Service Free in Brazil

    September 29, 2014 8:34 AM EDT With several music streaming services already deeply entrenched in the Latin American marketplace, Google has partnered with Samsung to offer its Google Play Music service free of charge to Samsung users for an extended period of time. Related Samsung's Sitcom About Samsung Will…

  16. Report: Universal Music Group Slaps Monster With Beastie Boys Lawsuit

    September 25, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Reuters is reporting that a pair of Universal Music Group units are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for sampling several songs co-owned by rap-rock icons the Beastie Boys , who won a similar lawsuit against the drink maker earlier this year. Capital Records and Universal-Polygram International…

  17. Google a 'Platform for Piracy'? News Corp Gets an Earful in 'Dear Rupert' Letter

    September 25, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Rupert Murdoch 's News Corp and Google have repeatedly engaged in a war of words in recent years, and the Internet search giant opened the latest chapter in the showdown on Thursday. In a blog post entitled "Dear Rupert," one of its representatives responded to News Corp…

  18. John Lennon Film Is Spain's Oscar Pick

    September 25, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Spain's film academy has selected the movie Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados  [ Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed) ] about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba 's film,…

  19. Valve Launches Steam Music Player

    September 25, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Valve has released its Steam Music Player to all users, following a beta launch in February. The simplified feature integrates your computer's music library into the Steam Overlay system and allows players to listen to songs and full albums without ever having to leave your game.…

  20. Six Key Takeaways From This Week's Massive Copyright Decision

    September 25, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The decision by a federal judge in California that came down on Monday -- that owners of master recordings released before Feb. 15, 1972 have an exclusive copyright that applies to performances -- is not only seen as a major victory for Flo & Eddie (the pair who initiated a class…

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