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SXSW 2013 KICKS OFF

Austin's yearly music, film and tech confab kicked off Friday and will last through next weekend and .Biz has the best of the conference with extensive coverage of news, panels, backbeats, social media round-ups, which so far includes the contentious Reddit panel; execs on SXSWi, this year's brand champs, the SXSW RSVP Queen and much more.
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SONY CORP. CHAIRMAN HOWARD STRINGER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Sony Corp. chairman Howard Stringer announced Friday he will step down from his post in June. Stringer said he would dedicate his time to focusing on new endeavors, including charity work and will continue serving as chairman of the American Film Institute. Kazuo Hirai, Sony's chief said Stringer had an “incomparable ability to inspire and invigorate all of those around him.”
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BASTILLE TOPS UK ALBUM CHART THE OLD FASHIONED WAY

Bastille’s old-fashioned emergence through gigging, airplay and press support has surprised many in the U.K. industry, including the band themselves as its “Bad Blood” finished the week atop the album chart. Justin Timberlake's "Bad Blood" is the No. 1 single for the second week
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BUSINESS MATTERS: WHO MIGHT PANDORA'S NEXT CEO BE?

In the flurry of words written about Pandora over the past months and years, people tend to forget what it actually is: a radio company. And with the announcement yesterday that CEO Joe Kennedy is stepping down, the company needs a CEO that will help it solidify its identity as a radio company. Who might that be? We have some ideas ...
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JIMI HENDRIX SET FOR HIGHEST-CHARTING ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200 IN 44 YEARS

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix's new archival album, "People, Hell and Angels," is set to debut at No. 2 on next week's Billboard 200 chart, according to industry sources. The album might sell around 70,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 10.
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SELLING AT SXSW: THE STANDOUT BRANDS AT THIS YEAR'S FEST

The branding of South by Southwest 2012 sometimes reached art-and-­commerce proportions so grandiose and surreal, Andy Warhol would have been proud. Here are fifteen brands making their mark at SXSW this time around. 
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CIRQUE'S MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR TOPS HOT TOURS

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil's touring production that has been playing arenas in North America and Europe since October 2011, owns the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours tally with grosses reported from venues in Russia and Switzerland.
Billboard.biz


JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN, ERIC CHURCH CAUSE HUGE GAIN IN YOUNGER LISTENERS FOR COUNTRY RADIO

Attracted by an edgier, more energetic sound, listeners aged 18-34 are flocking TO country stations in droves.
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BAAUER’S ‘HARLEM SHAKE’ HITS NO. 1 WITH UNLICENSED SAMPLES

Neither Hector Delgado, a reggaeton who gave up music five years ago or Jayson Musson, a rapper from Philadelphia gave permission to the song’s producer and writer Baauer, to use snippets of their songs on his No 1 Hot 100 single and viral video sensation “Harlem Shake.” Both are seeking compensation from Mad Decent Records, which put out the single last year.
New York Times


RIHANNA, JUSTIN BIEBER CANCEL SHOWS

Rihanna has canceled tonight's concert in Boston after losing her voice to laryngitis. The singer was scheduled to perform at TD Garden as the second stop on the Diamonds World Tour that she kicked off just two days ago in Buffalo, New York.  Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that Justin Bieber has cancelled a concert in Portugal after what seemed a difficult week in London which included a late start to his O2 Arena gig and a scuffle with paparazzi.  Although he will perform on Monday night at Lisbon's Pavilhão Atlântico, Tuesday's gig was called off owing to "unforeseen circumstances".
Rolling Stone
The Guardian


FRANK OCEAN SUED OVER 'LOST'

Grammy Award-winning singer Frank Ocean has been hit with a lawsuit over the song “Lost,” on his album channel ORANGE. Producer/songwriter Micah Otano filed a lawsuit in United States District Court, Central District of California, on March 6, claiming he wrote a song titled “Daylight,” with producer Malay, who is also named in the lawsuit, along with Island Def Jam and Universal.
AllHipHop


WME TAKES STAKE IN MOBILE APP DEVELOPER

William Morris Endeavor has taken a position in Chaotic Moon Studios, a private company that develops and designs mobile applications. While financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, WME described its new stake in Chaotic Moon as “significant.” WME represents elite talent from movies, TV, music and more, and last year it took technology investment firm Silver Lake as an equity partner.
Hollywood Reporter


REPORT: ASHLEY JUDD SET TO RUN AGAINST MITCH MCCONNELL FOR KENTUCKY’S U.S. SENATE SEAT

Actress Ashley Judd, who has reportedly been exploring a Senate run since last December, will announce her candidacy in the spring, MSNBC’s Howard Fineman reported Sunday. Her candidacy would pit her against Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. The 44-year-old star of “Double Jeopardy” also has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and has been a women’s rights activist for years. Judd is daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the half-sister of Wynonna Judd
MSNBC


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- Ai Weiwei to release heavy metal album

- One Direction remove tattoo request


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