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SFX PURCHASES 75% STAKE IN GLOBAL EVENT BRAND ID&T, ANNOUNCE U.S. EDITION OF TOMORROWLAND

ID&T and its new partner SFX announced the first U.S. edition of Tomorrowland, the Dutch promoter’s flagship event held annually in Belgium, during a flashy reception on Wednesday during Miami Music Week. The announcement follows news that SFX has acquired 75% of ID&T’s entire global business.
Billboard.biz


FALLON, LENO AND LATE NIGHT: WHAT THE SHAKEUP COULD MEAN TO THE MUSIC BIZ

If NBC follows through on its plan to base the “Tonight Show” in New York come 2014, the biggest smiles may well be on the faces of Scott Igoe and the music booking team at ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Billboard.biz


WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC AND RHINO ENTERTAINMENT MERGE SYNCH UNITS, RON BROITMAN PROMOTED

Warner/Chappell Music and Rhino Entertainment are unifying synchronization operations to create more of a one-stop shop for recorded music and music publishing rights, Billboard has learned. As part of the new offering, Ron Broitman, Warner/Chappell’s senior VP-head of synchronization, is being promoted to executive VP-head of synchronization for Warner/Chappell Music and Rhino Entertainment.
Billboard.biz


YOUTUBE HITS 1 BILLION USERS

YouTube on Wednesday said it now has 1 billion monthly viewers, steadily growing from the 800 million monthly viewers the online video platform reached in October 2011. The announcement puts the company in the same audience league as Facebook, which also boasts 1 billion monthly users.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: 7 AREAS FOR POSSIBLE COPYRIGHT REFORM IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS

Wednesday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property was a primer of the hot copyright issues to be discussed in the coming years. The comments of Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante give us a number of topics related to the music business that could be part of the discussion about copyright reform the coming years. Here are seven of them. Here are seven...
Billboard.biz


BON JOVI, DAVID BOWIE AMONG SIX DEBUTS TO HIT TOP 10 ON BILLBOARD 20’

The Billboard 200 welcomes six debuts into its top 10 this week, led by Bon Jovi at No. 1 with its fifth chart-topper, 'What About Now," and followed by David Bowie's "The Next Day," as well as album debuts by Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl's "Sound City" documentary soundtrack and Mindless Behavior.
Billboard.biz


UNIVERSAL MUSIC, DISNEY MUSIC STRIKE GLOBAL COMMERCIAL, CREATIVE PACT

The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Music Group and Vivendi's Universal Music Group have expanded and deepened an ongoing relationship via a long-term global commercial and creative agreement, the companies said Wednesday.
Billboard.biz


SHAZAM’S WILL MILLS ON COURTING ADS WHILE STAYING FAITHFUL TO MUSIC (Q&A)

In February, the music recognition app Shazam signed up its 300 millionth user. One of the app revolution’s first success stories, the London-based company has been aggressively expanding its business, broadening its use-case from identifying songs to interacting with advertisements and live events. We caught up with Will Mills, Shazam’s head of music content, to find out where else the company might go.
Billboard.biz


PANDORA CFO PREDICTS BETTER SCALED ROYALTY PAYMENTS, POINTS TO INCREASED MOBILE MONETIZATION

Internet radio giant Pandora believes it can lower its royalty costs as a share of revenue by roughly 20 percentage points over the next one to three years, the company's new chief financial officer said Tuesday. What the company can do is better monetize the mobile listening that accounts for 80% of its total listening hours.
Billboard.biz


IFPI SLAMS EU PIRACY STUDY AS 'FLAWED AND MISLEADING'

Global music trade body The IFPI has slammed the recent report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre which concluded that piracy has no effect on legal digital music purchases. The international trade body called the study “flawed, misleading and disconnected from commercial reality” and are “based on a limited view of the market and are contradicted by a large volume of alternative third party research that confirms the negative impact of piracy on the legitimate music business.”
Music Week


PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES  'OUT THERE!' TOUR FOR 2013

Paul has announced his first live dates of 2013, which will be part of an all new tour called ‘Out There!’. The tour will see Paul and his band travel the world throughout the year with the first dates being stadium dates in Vienna and Warsaw. Further announcements and dates will be added in the coming weeks.
PaulMcCartney.com



SPOTIFY SOCIAL: THE NEW 'FOLLOW' FEATURE NOW AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE

Spotify confirmed to TechCrunch that it has finally completed the rollout of its new social following features that model music discovery after offline behavior — where you find songs through tuned-in friends and influencers.
TechCrunch


GARTH BROOKS, GEORGE STRAIT TO PERFORM DICK CLARK TRIBUTE AT ACMs

George Strait and Garth Brooks, arguably the most influential male country singers of the last 30 years, will perform together for the first time in a tribute to the late Dick Clark at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards.
Billboard.biz


FCC COMMISSIONER ROBERT MCDOWELL RESIGNS

FCC commissioner Robert McDowell said Wednesday that he is resigning his post. McDowell, a Republican, has been at the FCC for nearly seven years. He was appointed to his first term in 2006 and was reappointed in 2009. The Washington Post recently reported that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to leave his position before his term ends at the end of the summer and maybe as soon as next month. McDowell and Genachowski reportedly didn't see eye to eye on such topics as common ownership of newspapers and TV stations.
Hollywood Reporter


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS MAKES ROOM FOR SIMON & GARFUNKEL, VAN CLIBURN AND THE RAMONES

Whatever Simon & Garfunkel meant by “Sounds of Silence,” those sounds will now reverberate in perpetuity — whether silently or otherwise — along with works by Van Cliburn, Pink Floyd, the Ramones and many other artists whose musical creations will be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The library is to announce on Thursday that it has added to its audio registry 25 new recordings, which were selected for preservation because of “their cultural, artistic and historic importance to the nation’s aural legacy,” according to a news release.
New York Times


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