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Twitter has indeed launched music.twitter.com, but for the time being it's "invite-only,” and according to reports it will initially be available to a select handful of “influencers” before its launch next week. Ryan Seacrest tweeted briefly about the app, and we’re likely to see more celebs talk about it in the coming days. One of the tweets said the app "shows what artists are trending, also has up and coming artists."
With the first weekend of Coachella 2013 behind us, we chronicled the artists and business of the U.S.’s biggest rock festival as only Billboard can, including: A photo triptych of Republic Records’ Coachella road signs; Friday’s difficult choice between How To Destroy Angeles and The Stone Roses; New Order’s culinary adventures in Peru; how Glassnote signed Robert DeLong; and much more.
The highly controversial anti-Margaret Thatcher campaign to get “Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” by the “Wizard of Oz” Film Cast to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart has ended in narrow defeat to Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%),” featuring A*M*E. Meanwhile, Paramore’s self-titled fourth album topped the album tally.
Internet radio service Sonza has raised $3.8 million, according to an SEC filing made Friday. Songza, which offers a collection of playlists for moods and interests, is seen as a competitor of Pandora.
This week's Billboard looks at three of music industry’s most successful music and tech entrepreneurs: Guy Oseary, Scooter Braun and Troy Carter. In addition to managing three of the biggest musicians in Madonna, Bieber and Lady Gaga (respectively), the trio are actively investing in tech companies like Spotify, Uber and SoundCloud. The story includes Oseary’s first major interview since 1997. In this excerpt, we see how Scooter Braun runs his SB Projects and helped close a Series C round of funding for Stamped from one of the most important rooms in his house.
A Daft Punk video trailer shown at Coachella confirmed Pharrell Williams, Animal Collective's Panda Bear, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Todd Edwards and more will appear on the duo's new album "Random Access Memories," due in May. The following evening, a similar video appeared during "Saturday Night Live.' (watch both)
Seeing potential in the sales of electronic music that can cross over into other genres, Island is reviving its storied 4th & B’way Records brand as a home for dance-inspired music -– starting with Cazzette, a Swedish electronic group that four months ago released its debut album 'Eject' on Spotify. Originally established in 1984 as a label for hip hop artists, 4th & B'way distributed music from artists such as MARRS, Eric B and Rakim.
Country super star Brad Paisley is aiming for his eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The singer's new "Wheelhouse" could bow at either No. 2 or No. 3, depending on how the rest of the week shakes out.
DEFTONES BASSIST CHI CHENG DEAD AT 42
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng died Saturday at the age of 42. A founding member of the group, he had been in a semi-vegatative state after suffering serious injuries in a car accident in November 2008.
"Gangnam Style" star PSY's video for his new song "Gentleman" has been watched more than 58 million times on YouTube since he unveiled his much-anticipated new track and hip-swaying dance on Saturday at a live-streamed concert in Seoul. The new video shows PSY acting boorish while wearing his signature sunglasses and dancing at various locations in and around Seoul including a high-end clothing store, restaurant and swimming pool. PSY’s first global hit “Gangnam Style,” has surpassed 1.5 billion views on YouTube since its debut in July.
PPL, the UK music licensing company working on behalf of 75,000 record companies and performers to license the public performance and broadcast of recorded music, today announced its 2012 financial results. PPL revenue rose by 11% to £170.8m last year with income from public performance and overseas expanding even faster. The UK music licensing company reports the new record annual figures include money coming from public performance up 18% to £64.8m, broadcasting and online bringing in an extra 5% to £69.4m and international earnings up 13% to £36.6m. The broadcast rise was helped by a new deal with BBC covering radio and TV and running until 2017.
Satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. is making a $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel Corp., an effort to derail the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier's acquisition by Softbank Corp of Japan. Dish said Monday it is offering to pay $4.76 in cash and about $2.24 in Dish stock, based on Friday's closing price, for every share of Sprint.
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EU COURT DECISION HERALDS MULTI-COUNTRY EUROPEAN MUSIC LICENSES
Europe's music royalties societies must now allow artists to sign up to a society of their choice and make multi-country licenses available to the likes of Amazon and Apple after a court backed an EU veto on national monopolies. On Friday Europe's General Court, its second highest, upheld a 2008 ruling by the European Commission. Under the current system, each European country has its own collecting society, such as PRS in the United Kingdom and SIAE in Italy, which deal only with songwriters and performers in their own country.
Abba's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus are set to write an anthem for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, organisers have announced. The pair will team up with Swedish DJ and producer Avicii to compose a theme track for the event in Malmo, Sweden. We Write the Story will be performed for the first time at the opening of the grand final on 18 May.
Ash Pournouri, whose At Night Management company represents Avicii and Cazzette, has created PRMD Records, a dance label based in the heart of a raging hot Scandinavian electronic music scene. The label, pronounced, “pyramid,” launches today with two acts – Cazzette from Sweden and Morten Breum, an up-and-coming Danish DJ and producer.
Colin Davis, the former principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and one of Britain's elder statesmen of classical music, has died at 85. The orchestra said Davis died Sunday after a short illness.
One of the best-known figures in British music, Davis worked with the London symphony for more than half a century.
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