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Universal Music Group and Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, worldwide partnership under which the Roc Nation music label will operate as a standalone label within the UMG family, effective immediately. As part of the agreement, forthcoming albums from Jay-Z, Rihanna and others will be released through UMG worldwide.
Wind-Up Records has inked a deal with Clear Channel to share digital and broadcast radio revenue, becoming the latest independent label to strike such a deal with the broadcasting giant. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but previous Clear Channel deals with record labels are known to pay a percent of advertising revenue whether a song was played on terrestrial radio of Internet radio.
It was announced today that Mexico's most successful rock band Maná and award-winning singer/songwriter Draco Rosa will debut their single "Penelope" at this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 25.
The two newest countries to the anti-piracy law club, New Zealand and Japan, had mixed results in 2012, according to data in the IFPI’s new Recording Industry in Numbers 2013 report. Whether or not the laws had an impact is uncertain. What's clearer is that countries without anti-piracy laws have fared well by embracing new digital business opportunities.
The rapper posted a teaser video on his "Life and Times" website Monday that showed footage from last year. It says this year's festival will again take place on Labor Day weekend — Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
NAB CEO GORDON SMITH ADDRESSES SMARTPHONE RECEIVERS, THE HYBRID FUTURE DURING STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ADDRESS
National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith issued a deceptively simple challenge to his organization's members: Continue to innovate and find new ways to provide content to listeners on different platforms. Smith presented his annual State of the Industry address Monday morning at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Kid Rock will take a "pay cut" this summer, or at least risk one, by structuring a deal that allows for a $20 ticket price across the board at amphitheaters, and working with promoter Live Nation to lower prices on everything from beer to parking to merchandise for every show in every city.
With 15.38 million viewers tuning in, the Academy of Country Music Awards posted its highest ratings since 1998, CBS announced today (April 8). This year's show was watched by 2.29 million more viewers than the 2012 edition.
TuneSat has raised $1.225 million in equity funding to help fuel its expansion. The current funding round is $3 million, according to an SEC filing dated March 21. The company's audio monitoring technology is used to detect discrepancies in royalty reports from performing rights organizations and instances of copyright infringement.
Jamaican producer and musician Harry Johnson (aka Harry J), who produced what is considered the first reggae single “No More Heartaches” by the Beltones and whose famed Harry J Studios is where Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Heptones, Toots and the Maytals, recorded passed away last week at age 67.
The ceremony, which honors the genre's top songwriters, will take place on May 14 in Beverly Hills.
ADELE RECORDING NEW ALBUM (REPORT)
The Telegraph, citing UK tabloid The Sun, claims global pop sensation Adele is working on a follow-up to her best-selling “21” with producers/songwriters James Ford and Kid Harpoon to help her develop a more edgy sound. James Ford has produced albums by the Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons, while Kid Harpoon co-wrote hits for Florence and the Machine, Jessie Ware and Calvin Harris.
A new set of guidelines has been introduced by the British Government alongside regulations to combat excessive booking fees in relation to particular payment methods. On April 6, a new set of Consumer Protection Payment Surcharge Regulations was brought in declaring it ‘unlawful for businesses to charge consumers fees for using a particular payment method that are higher than the costs to the trader of accepting that payment method’.
A visit by American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z to Havana last week was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, a source familiar with the itinerary said on Monday. The longstanding U.S. trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from traveling to the communist-led island without a license granted by the U.S. government. Three Cuban-American members of Congress, all Republicans from Miami and supporters of a firm stance on Cuba, have asked the Treasury Department to look into the licensing of the trip.
New research from market analyst firm Canalys shows that the top four app stores hit 13.4 billion downloads worldwide in the first quarter of 2013. This is an 11 percent increase over all of 2012 combined. In other wildfire tech news, global crowdfunding raised nearly $2.7 billion for more than 1 million campaigns in 2012, according to a new report by Massolution. This means that the crowdfunding market grew by 81 percent over the year prior.
The years of Margaret Thatcher’s dominance ran from 1979 to 1990 and was a hectic decade for the British music scene: the mod revival was replaced by the rise of the New Romantics who were supplanted by blue-eyed soul acts, anthemic stadium rock bands and the Acid House movement. All these divergent strands of British musicians were united by a single common thread: They all detested Margaret Thatcher.
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