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 WHY LIVE NATION AND PANDORA SHARES ARE OUTPERFORMING THE MARKET

Stock markets have had a great run in 2013, but shares of Live Nation and Pandora have fared even better: Live Nation shares are up 46% this year and Pandora shares are up an incredible 78% -- so what gives?
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DAFT PUNK'S 'RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES' SET FOR NO. 1, 300,000-PLUS DEBUT

As forecast last week, Daft Punk is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with its latest album, "Random Access Memories." The set, released on May 21, could sell upwards of 300,000 copies by week's end on May 26.
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BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS PUSH BIG SALES GAINS

In the week ending May 19, the broadcast spurred an overall 15% gain for the 18 previously-released songs performed on the broadcast, according to SoundScan. Those songs include Bruno  Mars' "Treasure" (up 220%), Jennifer Lopez's "Live It Up" (up 53%) and Ed Sheeran's "Lego House" (up 134%).Billboard.biz


HASHTAG MUSIC: DO TWITTER-FRIENDLY SONG TITLES MAKE A #DIFFERENCE?

Hashtag songs are here. In the past month, we've seen major artists like Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez tack the number symbol all too familiar to Twitter and social media users to the beginnings of songs. Will.i.am's new album title has a hashtag in front of it; so does Miley Cyrus' soon-to-be-released "We Can't Stop" single's artwork. But does adding a hashtag to a song even do anything?
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 PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HOSTS WHITE HOUSE TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR CAROLE KING

President Barack Obama, saluting Carole King's five decades as an award-winning singer-songwriter, said Wednesday that music often is a place where people seek comfort and inspiration during trying times.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC DIGITAL HEAD ROB WELLS GIVES KEYNOTE ON ASIAN MARKET AT SINGAPORE'S MUSIC MATTERS

Music Matters, Asia’s premiere music conference, kicked off its 2013 edition in Singapore with a music industry heavyweight: Universal Music Group head of digital Rob Wells whose keynote examined the rapidly evolving Asian music and tech markets and more.
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JENNIFER LOPEZ TEAMS WITH VERIZON FOR LATIN-TARGETED ‘VIVA MOVIL’ STORES, WIRELESS SERVICE

Jennifer Lopez has teamed with Verizon Wireless on a new 4G LTE network and retail service, Viva Movil by Jennifer Lopez, which the celebrity and Verizon announced at the CTIA Wireless Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon.
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PARIS HILTON SIGNS WITH CASH MONEY, ALBUM TO FEATURE LIL WAYNE

A sentence we never thought we would write: Paris Hilton, the socialite turned reality TV star turned sometime musician will release  her second album on Cash Money records, the label co-founded and operated by Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams. Her new labelmate, Lil Wayne, will reportedly appear on the album.
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TWITTER INTRODUCES CHARTS BY GENRE AND POPULARITY FOR ITS #MUSIC

We’ve confirmed with Twitter that it has rolled out a new part of its #Music service for the web, charts that we were accustomed to from the company We Are Hunted, that it acquired and now powers the service. The charts are broken up into a few areas: the familiar genre breakdown, as well as some categories like “Superstars” and “Unearthed” that appear to be built based on current Twitter trends and trajectory of artist mentions.
TechCrunch


PANDORA LAUNCHES FACEBOOK TIMELINE APP

Pandora is extending its partnership with Facebook through a new Timeline app which will allow users to share what they’re listening to on the social network. The integration is being rolled out for the internet radio service’s iOS and Android apps, as well as pandora.com. Music activity will appear in the News Feed, their Activity Log and the Music section.
Music Week


ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC ADDS ED BANGERS, MINISTRY OF SOUND, K7 REPS

Dance music’s new international advocacy and lobbying group the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has confirmed its 51-strong international board of advisors at a key meeting during this week’s International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza. The latest additions to the group are: Pedro Winter, Ed Banger Records, Lohan Presencer, Ministry of Soundk Ash Pournouri, Manager, Avicii, Horst Weidenmuller, K7, Simon Dunmore, Defected. AFEM was founded by Ben Turner, a partner in the International Music Summit and manager of Richie Hawtin, and entertainment industry lawyer Kurosh Nasseri, who whose clients include Afrojack, Basto, Deep Dish, Lazy Jay and Paul van Dyk.
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PAUL MCCARTNEY WRITES TO RUSSIAN LEADERS OVER TREATMENT OF PUSSY RIOT

Beatles frontman Paul McCartney has asked a Russian judge to release members of the Pussy Riot punk group from prison. In letters dated Monday and posted online by the group's supporters, McCartney asks for parole to be granted to Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, currently serving two-year sentences for an impromptu protest in Moscow's main cathedral. McCartney wrote that he was making the request "in a spirit of friendship for my many Russian acquaintances who, like me, believe in treating people - all people, with compassion and kindness." Alekhina went on hunger strike Wednesday in protest at not being allowed to attend her own parole hearing in Perm province.
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MINN. TEEN WHOSE FAREWELL SONG BECAME WEB HIT DIES

When high school student Zach Sobiech learned he didn't have much longer to live, his mother suggested he write letters to tell his loved ones goodbye. Instead, the Minnesota teenager turned to writing music — and his farewell song, "Clouds," became a YouTube sensation that has attracted more than 4 million views and was listed No. 1 on the iTunes Top 10 list on Wednesday — two days after Sobiech died after battling bone cancer. He wrote the song, "Clouds," as a farewell with proceeds from the sale of the song going to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund to help find better ways to treat this form of childhood cancer.
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RAPPER TIM DOG ACCUSED OF FAKING OWN DEATH

When the rapper Tim Dog died in February from complications arising from diabetes, that might have been the end of his story. But not as far as the authorities in Mississippi are concerned – a warrant has been issued in the state for Tim Dog's arrest, on suspicion of faking his own death.  The curious case unfolded last week, when a woman named Esther Pilgrim claimed that Dog, born Timothy Blair, had faked his death to avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars in court ordered debts. When his death was reported, he was in the course of paying off $19,000 (£12,600) to Pilgrim, as ordered after his conviction for grand larceny in an online dating scam. Tim Dog was best known for 1991 diss track, "F--- Compton.”
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