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PITBULL, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, MACKLEMORE, SELENA GOMEZ, MORE ANNOUNCED FOR BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, the Band Perry and Kacey Musgraves have joined the star-packed performance lineup for the May 19 ceremony, which already includes Prince, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Miguel. The latter quartet will join Pitbull and the Band Perry in vying for the Milestone Award, a fan-driven honor that one voter will get to present at the show with Cee Lo Green.
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CAPITOL RECORDS UK LAUNCHES, NICK RAPHAEL NAMED PRESIDENT

Universal Music has announced the launch of Capitol Records U.K., marking the first time that the historic Capitol label has had a stand-alone presence in the U.K. Nick Raphael, who currently holds the position as president of Universal imprint London Records, has been named president of Capitol Records U.K., reporting to Universal Music U.K. chairman & CEO David Joseph. London Records senior VP of A&R Jo Charrington and head of marketing Tom Paul will be joining Raphael in the new label set-up.
Billboard.biz


GLORIA ESTEFAN, TELEMUNDO’S EMILIO ROMANO, UNIVISON’S JOSE VALLE HIT BILLBOARD’S LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE; AWARDS TONIGHT!

Yet another day of innovative top-notch programming at the Billboard Latin Music Conference, which included: a superstar Q&A with Gloria Estefan; Telemundo president, Emilio Romano, Univision Radio president Jose Valle, the Latin music publishing, imprint and label winners and much more. Read our comprehensive coverage of the conference and get ready for the conference’s culmination: tonight’s Billboard Latin Music Awards with performances by Marc Anthony, Mana, Romeo Santos and more and broadcast live on Telemundo 7:00 p.m. EST.
Billboard.biz


TWITTER MUSIC'S KEVIN THAU RESIGNS (REPORT)

Barely a week after Twitter released its #music application, the executive who spearheaded the product resigned to join a mystery startup. Kevin Thau, who had championed Twitter's acquisition of a small developer called We Are Hunted and used their technology to form the kernel of #music, is reportedly leaving to join a company started by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
Billboard.biz


HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF COPYRIGHT LAW

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law in the coming months. “The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are still working in the digital age,” Goodlatte said.
Billboard.biz


MICHAEL BUBLE BOUND FOR FOURTH NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200

Pop singer Michael Buble is heading for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his just-released "To Be Loved," while Fantasia's new "Side Effects of You" will likely debut at No. 2.
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LOS ANGELES’ ICONIC GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE TO CLOSE IN SEPTEMBER

Live Nation has confirmed that the iconic Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., will shutter in September as a result of the building’s lease agreement coming to an end. The company says the last concerts at the 6,000-capacity venue will consist of “very special” lineups.
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NEIL DIAMOND’S ‘SWEET CAROLINE’ SEES 597% SALES INCREASE, DONATING ROYALTIES TO BOSTON CHARITY

Neil Diamond made an impromptu visit to Boston's Fenway Park on April 20 to sing his hit "Sweet Caroline" during the Red Sox' first home game following the Boston bombings. The rousing appearance spurred a 597% sales increase, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Neil Diamond announced he will donate royalties to One Fund Boston formed to "help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013 and that has so far raised more than $23 million.
Billboard.biz


FUSE TEAMS WITH TRIDENT, TWITTER FOR 'TRENDING 10' COUNTDOWN SERIES

Fuse, Trident and Twitter are teaming up for a new nightly countdown series, “Trending 10,” that will be the first television show to be built around real-time Twitter conversation spikes. The show’s 10 nightly stories will be compiled from Fuse’s Heat Tracker, a proprietary tool built off Twitter’s API that monitors the most-talked about music discussions of the day at Fuse.tv/T10. The show will air weeknights at 7:30 ET/6:30 CT.
Billboard.biz


GARAND WU APPOINTED MANAGING DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSAL MUSIC CHINA

Universal Music Group has appointed Garand Wu Managing Director of Universal Music China. Mr. Wu will oversee Marketing, Promotion, Sales and Finance and will co-manage A&R for Universal Music China's Sunny Chang
Billboard.biz


SONY RAISES FULL-YEAR PROFIT VIEW


Japanese electronics firm Sony Corp. said it doubled its profit outlook for the past business year ended March, aided by a weaker yen, asset sales and a rebounding stock market that helped its life insurance business. Sony said it now expects a net profit of ¥40 billion ($400 million) for the past fiscal year versus a February estimate of ¥20 billion. It also raised its operating profit outlook to ¥230 billion from an earlier ¥130 billion, while lifting its sales estimate to ¥6.8 trillion from ¥6.6 trillion.
Wall Street Journal


MICHAEL JACKSON WRONGFUL-DEATH SUIT AGAINST AEG TRIAL DATE SET

Opening statements were being prepared for the Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial in Los Angeles that pits the star's mother against the AEG Live concert promoters. Both sides' opening statements are to begin Monday, with testimony to follow, now that six alternate jurors were selected to back up the 12 jurors chosen Monday, Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelo said. AEG Live promoted and sponsored a planned series of 50 Jackson "This Is It" comeback concerts that were scheduled to be held at London's O2Arena from July 2009 through March 2010.
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NEDERLANDER TO BRING CONCERTS TO USC'S GALEN CENTER

Just as news came down that the long-running Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City will close in September and be razed to make way for a new Harry Potter attraction, a new pop music venue is about to come online in Los Angeles. Nederlander Concerts has entered a deal to book concerts at USC’s Galen Center, a sports arena that can handle events for audiences of 5,000 to 11,000 capacity, Nederlander Concerts Chief Executive Alex Hodges told The Times on Wednesday.
L.A. Times


AMAZON TO LAUNCH TV SET-TOP BOX

Amazon is planning to introduce a device this fall dedicated to streaming video over the Internet and into its customers’ living rooms, according to three people familiar with the project who aren’t authorized to discuss it. They say the box will plug into TVs and give users access to Amazon’s expanding video offerings. Those include its à la carte Video on Demand store, which features newer films and TV shows, and its Instant Video service, which is free for subscribers to the Amazon Prime two-day shipping package. The Amazon set-top box will compete with similar products, such as the Roku, Apple TV, and the Boxee Cloud DVR, along with more versatile devices such as the Playstation 3 and the Xbox. A
Bloomberg Businessweek


LTJ BUKEM SIGNS DIGITAL DEAL WITH BEATPORT

LTJ Bukem’s Goodlooking Records has signed an exclusive digital distribution deal with Beatport.  The label’s roster has included producers such as Photek, Blame, Blu Mar Ten, Seba, Makoto, Nookie, Future Engineers, PFM, Peshay, Intense, Tayla, MC DRS, and more
Beatport


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- Justin Bieber's Neighborhood -- Hostile Territory for Reality TV Show

- Liam Gallagher: 'I'm sick of fucking idiots saying I can't sing'

- @BillClinton Officially Joins Twitter, Ditches @PrezBillyJeff

- Diplo on Why EDM is Boring

- Mac Miller Fights Corey Feldman To The Death In 'S.D.S.' Video

- Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, will.i.am Hangout Turns Into Gush Fest: Watch!

- Vanilla Ice “goes Amish” in new reality TV show

- Music-Biz Consultant Claims There Have Been No Entirely "Playable" Albums Since 1978

-Sarah Brightman wants to pioneer space rock. Literally

 


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