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Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of the Doors, passed away yesterday at RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, German, at the age of 74 following a long battle with bile duct cancer. Dorothy Manzarek, his wife of 45 years, and brothers Rick and Jim Manczarek were by his side at the hospital. Read more about Ray Manzarek and the Doors' chart history here and a 2006 Q&A from our archives.
On Monday, Eight Mile Style, LLC, the company that administers the rights to Eminem's music filed a lawsuit against Facebook. The complaint filed in Michigan federal court not only accuses the popular social network of lifting one of Eminem's songs for its "Facebook Home" but tells the story of how Facebook's advertising company attempted to use Eminem to attract the liking of Mark Zuckerberg, and how when threatened with copyright allegations, the ad agency's response was to attack hip hop producer Dr. Dre for stealing the song in question from Michael Jackson.
The day after the incredible night that was the Billboard Music Awards, news came that the show had a TV viewing audience of 9.47 million - an i 28 percent spike over 2012's audience of 7.4 million viewers, per Nielsen. The show was No. 1 Sunday night in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, pulling in 4.6 million viewers in the age group. Check out Billboard.biz’s BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS HUB featuring news, backstage interviews, photo galleries, parties and more.
The 9.47 million viewers who tuned in for Sunday evening's Billboard Music Awards did a good bit of music shopping. MP3 albums of participating and nominated artists rose sharply in the rankings at the Amazon store while individual tracks benefited as well.
Daniel Miller’s iconic Mute group of companies has named two senior executives to his team.
Fox has confirmed that the two singers will join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on season three.
An accounting executive for AEG Live LLC testified on Monday that the company spent $24 million producing Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concerts. The tally involved expenses compiled through October 2009, roughly three months after the singer's death
READ JIMMY IOVINE'S USC COMMENCEMENT SPEECH (WITH SURPRISE DR. DRE APPEARANCE)
"To all the proud parents here today, just one year ago, I sat all the way in back, I mean the last row, watching my own daughter Jessica graduate from USC. Look, if they asked me to do this, you better pay attention because next year they could ask you."
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term extension administration agreement with Sting; Fintage Publishing has signed to handle sub-publishing rights for One Direction-authored co-writes on “Take Me Home;” and Imagine Dragons has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group.
Best Buy Co. swung to a fiscal first-quarter loss as revenue declined and the company recorded a large loss from discontinued operations. Chief Executive Hubert Joly—a turnaround specialist hired last year to revive the company's slipping sales—has identified one of Best Buy's main problems as stabilizing and improving same-store sales.
Wall Street Journal
Music-streaming service Spotify AB Tuesday will begin publishing lists of its top 50 most-streamed songs and most-shared songs, embedded with links that allow fans to listen without registering or signing into the service. The move is part of Spotify's efforts to broaden its user base, which totals 24 million active members world-wide and only 6 million paid subscribers.
Wall Street Journal
Even as Apple became the nation’s most profitable technology company, it avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen, Congressional investigators disclosed on Monday. The investigation is expected to set up a potentially explosive confrontation between a bipartisan group of lawmakers and Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, at a public hearing on Tuesday.
New York Times
In an ongoing lawsuit with a number of major record labels, four of Grooveshark's former employees, plus another still at the company, have agreed to a "consent judgment" banning them from infringing major label copyrights and working for similar companies that 'systematically infringe upon' label copyrights in the future.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has taken time out of a busy schedule that includes defending arms sales to Syria and criticising US policy around the world to wade into a growing scandal over the Eurovision song contest. Lavrov issued a stern warning over the contest on Tuesday following reports that the Russian contestant, Dina Garipova, had been deprived of 10 points allegedly issued by the country's ex-Soviet ally, Azerbaijan.
Pandora today announced the launch of Pandora Premieres that offers listeners the opportunity to preview upcoming album releases in their entirety before they go on-sale. Pandora Premieres will feature previews from a wide variety of artists, both established and emerging, across multiple genres, up to one week prior to the scheduled U.S. launch date.
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