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Universal Music Group has reportedly agreed to license its songs to Apple Inc.'s proposed iRadio streaming service.
YouTube unveiled its subscription model, allowing channels to charge monthly fees to viewers who access their videos. The move represents a significant departure from the free, ad-supported model that propelled YouTube's phenomenal growth from little known Silicon Valley startup in 2005 to an online video powerhouse with more than one billion active monthly viewers.
In an uncommon move to tinker with the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards, the Recording Industry Association of America today announced it has started to incorporate on-demand streams towards its calculations for certifying its awards. The change is recognition of how important digital distribution has become and how technology has altered how music is accessed.
WHAT AN AUDIO-STREAMING DEVICE AND 3D SMARTPHONE FROM AMAZON COULD MEAN TO THE MUSIC BIZ
Amazon is reportedly developing a range of hardware products including an audio-only streaming device and a smartphone with 3D capabilities that does not require special glasses. The Wi-Fi audio device, meant for streaming through speakers or a television set, would have implications for the music industry. But the smartphone's potential impact on the music industry is even less clear.
Randy Jackson announced Thursday he would leave the Fox show after this season. He's checking out as “Idol” is at its nadir in terms of ratings and influence. Jackson said he would be concentrating on his management company/record label Dream Merchant 21 and new yet-to-be named businesses. No doubt he has had loads of success as a producer and bass player, but the management side has not been a strong one for him.
Primary Wave Music has announced a new financial partnership with Credit Suisse and SunTrust Bank that's valued at $125 million and expands the music company's seven-year relationship with the two banks.
WISIN Y YANDEL: NOT SPLITTING UP BUT 'RECORDING SEPARATELY,' MANAGER CLARIFIES
Contrary to reports and rumors that have swirled in recent weeks, reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel are not splitting up, according to manager Edgar Andino.
EXCLUSIVE: CLEAR CHANNEL WORKING ON SONG-SWAPPING TECHNOLOGY
Clear Channel is working on a technology that would replace songs in streamed content with a different song while accounting for the different in song lengths, according to a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent Office. Clear Channel declined to comment.
Who will pay the monthly subscription fee to access a YouTube channel? Peter Griffith, Chief Executive of Alchemy Networks, believes he has one good answer to that question: aficionados of rap battles, an urban art form dating back to the 1970s in the Bronx that has quietly - and profitably - seen a Renaissance in the digital era
SELENA GOMEZ AND PSY REBOUND ON SOCIAL 50 CHART
Selena Gomez rebounds back into the top five of this week's Social 50 chart (moving 34-5) as she prepared last week for the release of her music video for "Come & Get It."
Sony Music Entertainment has completed its purchase of EMI Music's European rights to Now! That's What I Call Music! from Universal Music Group (UMG). The purchase, which was originally announced in February, was subject to regulatory approval in Europe, which has now been granted. UMG retains its pre-existing rights to the highly-successful compilation series in Europe and acquires EMI Music's rights outside of Europe.
As of fall 2012, Shazam and Rdio have offered U.S. users full-track streaming for tagged music via Rdio, thanks to a “Listen Free on Rdio” link within the Shazam app. That means that once you use either the free or paid version of Shazam to identify a song from your device, you can then listen to the entire track, so long as you’re either an Rdio subscriber or have signed up for a free 14-day trial. Now, the service is available to Rdio and Shazam users in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico and the UK in addition to the U.S.
Facebook is in serious discussions to buy a leading mobile navigation service, Waze, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. If the sale is concluded, it would give Facebook the ability to better deliver locally tailored ads and content to its 1.1 billion users.
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The metal frontman is alleged to have given an undercover officer cash, gate codes and instructions to kill his estranged wife, Meggan.
Former Daft Punk manager/French electro pioneer Pedro Winter (aka Busy P)'s boutique French electronic label Ed Banger Records, turns ten this year, and they're celebrating. They're releasing an anniversary compilation, Ed Rec Vol. X, featuring new material by Ed Banger artists including Justice, Cassius, Feadz, SebastiAn, Mr. Oizo, and Busy P himself. That'll be out on June 11 in conjunction with Because Music. Parties with artists such as Justice, Busy P, Breakbot, Feadz, Mickey Moonlight, Riton, Mr. Oizo, and others will take place in Tokyo, Berlin, L.A. among other dates.
Fake Beats by Dre headphones are among the most seized items over the past year, Trading Standards has said. Some 200,000 pairs have been taken by officers and customs at UK ports. The organisation said it was the first time it had seen the mass production of counterfeit headphones. "It's a trend - Dr Dre is a leading headphone and that's what counterfeiters will go after," Trading Standards' Tony Shore told Radio 4's You and Yours.
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