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Second Conductor Walks from Vienna State Opera

Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer. He joins music director Franz Welser-Moest, who announced he was stepping down on Sept. 5.
Sam Smith performs on the BBC Radio 1 stage at T in The Park

Value of U.K. Music Industry Grows to £3.8 Billion

The total economic value of the U.K. music industry in 2013 grew 9 percent year-on-year to £3.8 billion ($6.2 billion), up from £3.5 billion ($5.7 billion) the previous year, according to a comprehensive new report published by umbrella trade organization UK Music.
T.I.'s Wife Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Possession

VH1 Orders 'T.I. & Tiny' Spinoff

Following the success of docuseries T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, the Viacom-owned cable network is moving forward with a spinoff centered on T.I.'s better half, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and her outrageous best friend and hairstylist Shekinah Jo.
Martina & La Peligrosa

Bogota Music Market: 5 to Watch

At the recent Bogota Music Market (BOmm), which took place Sept. 11 and 12 in Colombia's capital, some 16 acts performed for an audience of nearly 1,000 artists, managers, promoters and buyers from around the world. In the past two years -- since veteran music executive Fernan Martinez took over production – BOmm has evolved from being merely a Colombian music conference to an international market for artists eager to showcase their music beyond Colombia's borders.