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SONY RE-UPS MICHAEL LYNTON AS CEO

Michael Lynton has renewed his contract with Sony, where he holds the titles of CEO of Sony Entertainment and chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. His contract extension, the length of which was not revealed, was announced Tuesday by Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony.
Billboard.biz


ANTI-MARGARET THATCHER CAMPAIGN DRIVES JUDY GARLAND'S 'DING DONG! THE WITCH IS DEAD' UP UK'S CHARTS

Margaret Thatcher, the divisive former British Prime Minister who died of a stroke on Monday afternoon, may have another musical footnote to her legacy next week: chart catalyst. A macabre Facebook campaign, titled "Make 'Ding dong the witch is dead' number 1 the week Thatcher dies" and which launched yesterday, is driving sales of the "Wizard of Oz" classic, originally sung by Judy Garland, up the charts.
Billboard.biz


BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC MARKETING AWARDS ANNOUNCED

A campaign for Honey Bunches of Oats starring bachata star Prince Royce; the marketing effort for Juanes’ MTV Unplugged album, and a MasterCard digital and social platform featuring EMI Mexico artists will compete for Best Campaign of the Year at The Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards along with awards for the Best Online and Social Campaign, Best Tour Sponsorship Campaign and Best TV Campaign categories.
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: LOOKING FOR A LINK BETWEEN SUBSCRIPTION AND DOWNLOAD SALES

Countries with greater adoption of subscription services had lower rates of growth in digital download sales in 2012. This doesn't necessarily indicate subscription services cannibalized digital sales, but it does show that different countries have different types of digital marketplaces where formats are in different stages of maturity.
Billboard.biz


MOOGFEST WILL RETURN IN 2014, WITH NEW PARTNER PAXAHAU OF DETROIT MOVEMENT FESTIVAL

Moogfest, the annual Asheville, N.C. festival moves forward after breaking ties with AC Entertainment. Moogfest will return in 2014 under a new partnership with Paxahau, the producer of Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival.
Billboard.biz


LINDSAY WALLEMAN OF WARNER
MUSIC NASHVILLE DEAD AT 28

Lindsay Walleman of Warner Nashville died after a battle with cancer Tuesday. She was Manager of Midwest/Northeast Promotions, W.A.R. Team at Warner Music. This Facebook page is a touching, although very sad, document of her struggle with her illness. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Billboard.biz


GERMAN DJS PROTEST GEMA'S PROPOSED TAX ON DIGITAL MUSIC COLLECTIONS

Hundreds of German DJs demonstrated last week in front of the local offices of German collection society GEMA in Munich and Dortmund against what they consider new and unfair DJ licensing fees. The protests are in reaction to the tariff GEMA announced April 1 for DJs who play and store songs digitally.
Billboard.biz


PANDORA SURPASSES 200 MILLION REGISTERED USERS

Pandora announced Tuesday it has passed 200 million registered users. It took the company six years to gain its first 100 million registered users. The second 100 million arrived in fewer than two years.
Billboard.biz


ENTREPRENEURS DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF CONTENT AND ADVERTISING AT 2013 NAB

The future of content creation and the role of advertising were up for discussion at “Start-Ups: Powering the Media Metamorphosis,” a panel held Monday, April 8 at the 2013 NAB Show, which featured five young entrepreneurs who have launched companies on the leading edge of media technology.
Billboard.biz


SPOTIFY RETURNS TO THE HILL

After a more than two-month absence on the House network, administrators have reversed a ban on the popular music streaming program in the Capitol and House office buildings. House aides familiar with the situation said that Spotify worked with the House Chief Administrator’s Office to change how the program delivers music when it is used over the House network.
Roll Call


COACHELLA FESTIVAL SET TIMES AND NEW STAGE ANNOUNCED

The set times for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which features headlining acts ranging from Los Angeles mainstream funk rock act Red Hot Chili Peppers to the British pop of Blur, was announced late Tuesday with an added stage. The new Yuma stage, located south of the Coachella stage, will feature mostly DJ acts such as DJ Harvey, Jason Bentley and Jamie xx.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin


GOOGLE MUSIC ADDS SEVEN NEW COUNTRIES TO ITS ROSTER

Amping up its music game, Google Music is expanding its reach to seven more countries. The Web giant announced that consumers in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Portugal now have access to the free music storage service.
CNET


DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS’ NEW DJ AWARDS
SHOW IS IN THE WORKS

According to the New York Post, Dick Clark Productions, the producer of the Golden Globes, is looking to cash in on rising ratings and advertiser demand for TiVo-proof TV events with a first-of-its-kind awards show to celebrate vinyl-spinning DJs. The company, whose awards shows also include the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards, is in talks to line up a TV partner to air the broadcast, sources said.
New York Post


APPLE PATENTS METHOD TO LET YOU BUY ITUNES CONTENT OFFLINE

Want to buy a new song or video from iTunes even though you're offline? A new Apple patent envisions a way. Granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, the patent appropriately named "On-device offline purchases using credits" describes a system of using credits to purchase iTunes content that's stored on your device but which you don't already own. The goal is to allow you to unlock and play iTunes songs, videos, and other items without having to be online.
CNET


GNR DRUMMER MATT SORUM, YO-YO MA HIT CAPITOL HILL FOR MORE US ARTS FUNDING

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for the arts in a year of deep federal budget cuts. The rocker and classical musician played a jam session briefly together for a gathering of legislators and arts advocates from across the country who planned to visit congressional offices. Sorum said his mother was a music teacher and that his high school classes in orchestra, jazz and marching band were critical in launching his career in music and in business.
Associated Press


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- Margaret Thatcher Hated Acid House


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