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Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the contracts. There is a great deal of speculation that Google will unveil its new music service at its annual developer conference today in San Francisco.
The Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC Sunday night from Las Vegas, has announced an impressive array of superstar parsenters: Cee-Lo Green, Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Rowland, PSY, Kid Rock, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ke$ha are among the musician presenters. Hollywood will be represented by Hayden Panettiere, Chloe Grace Moretz, Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Morrison, Gabriel Mann, Stana Katic and Emmy Rossum. As previously announced, Prince will perform and accept the Billboard Icon Award; and Madonna will take the stage to receive the Top Touring Artist honors for her MDNA tour.
PANDORA'S PLAN TO SHARE MORE AIRPLAY DATA WITH MUSICIANS (Exclusive)
Pandora has been quietly working on a tool that would give artists more information on how their songs perform on its Internet radio service. The tool is essentially a dashboard that tells artists such things as the spin counts of each of their songs, how many thumbs up (or down) their songs have received and their audience reach by age, gender and geography, among other things.
SONY ENTERTAINMENT SPINOUT ‘INEVITABLE,’ DESPITE CLAIMS TO CONTRARY: SOURCE
Should Sony spin out its entertainment division? Despite the company’s claim to the contrary, insiders call such a move “inevitable.” And when shareholder Dan Loeb of hedge fund Third Point advises so it’s all about the margins.
VIVENDI QUARTERLY PROFITS SLIDE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC REVENUES UP 13.5%
Vivendi SA, the French media and communications conglomerate whose holdings include the Universal Music Group, today reported its adjusted net income declined by 18.5% year-over-year. UMG, however, outpaced its parent company as revenues rose 13.5% compared to first quarter 2012 bolstered by better-than-expected results from their acquired EMI labels, an increase in digital income and strong-selling albums by Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Emeli Sande and others.
EDGAR BRONFMAN, JR. LEAVES WARNER MUSIC BOARD
Edgar Bronfman, Jr., former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, has left the company's board of directors, Warner revealed during its Tuesday morning earnings call. No replacement for Bronfman was announced.
The family of regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera has announced the launch of a new label that was inspired by late singer who personally wanted to support and launch aspiring Latino singers, according to family spokesperson.
Entertainment law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips on Wednesday announced it is launching a digital media practice and an investment fund aimed at early stage start-ups. Manatt, whose legal clients include Sugarland, the Eagles, INgrooves and BMI Rights Management, also appointed Peter Csathy to head up the investment arm of Manatt Digital Media Ventures.
The European Commission today approved the acquisition of Parlophone Label Group by Warner Music Group. In February, it purchased PLG from Universal Music Group for £487 million (around $765 million)
BACKBEAT: SESAC POP MUSIC AWARDS POP OFF WITH MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SWIZZ BEATZ, MUMFORD'S BEN LOVETT; HONOR DANIEL GLASS, RICO LOVE
SESAC, the nation's fastest growing performing rights organization, hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the prestigious New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, "Heart Attack" as recorded by Trey Songz.
THIRD MAN, SUN RECORDS PARTNER, REISSUING JOHNNY CASH, RUFUS THOMAS, PRISONAIRES
Third Man Records, the Nashville-based label and vinyl manufactory founded by Jack White, announced today a partnership with another Nashville-based label, Sun Records, in order to reissue the iconic label's vast catalog of classic, influential American music. The series will begin with classic singles by Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas and The Prisonaires.
After similar actions last July, TorrentFreak has confirmed that the BPI have initiated their most ambitious domain blocking initiative yet. Yesterday on behalf of the UK's label association BPI, the UK licensing PPL sent out a request to its members, similar in most key respects to the one sent last year that resulted in the blocking of three torrent sites. A second industry source informs TorrentFreak that the BPI does indeed intend to have the sites blocked again via upcoming action in the High Court.
Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and music industry entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine have donated a combined $70 million to create a new institute at the University of Southern California, the school announced Tuesday night. The huge gift from the two who have been music business partners in the past will be used to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
Welcome to the future, where ODB reunites with the Wu-Tang Clan from beyond the grave. Rock the Bells have just revealed their initial 10th anniversary lineup. Inspired by Hologram 2Pac, the touring festival will feature "original virtual performances" by the late Eazy-E (with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) and Ol' Dirty Bastard (with the Wu-Tang Clan). Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Black Hippy, Juicy J, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies, Common, Hit-Boy, E-40 and Too $hort, Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Brother Ali, and more are also tapped to play the festival.
Never-before-heard vocals from the late singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001, will be featured on Chris Brown’s next single “They Don’t Know.” The R&B star made the announcement during a BET Awards press conference on Tuesday. “I got something real special for my fans,” said Brown, as reported by Rap-Up.com, explaining that a video for the track was shot in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Costner will be responsible for coordinating release schedules with artists, supporting new signings, as well as helping to "lock in and coordinate all frontline activities," according to a release.
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