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HOW APPLE'S iRADIO MUSIC LICENSES DIFFER FROM PANDORA'S AND COULD BE AN ADVANTAGE

Apple’s upcoming Internet radio service, unofficially dubbed iRadio, will differ from Pandora in how the music is licensed and the features embedded in the service. These differences will give iRadio a chance to differentiate itself from early movers in the United States and establish itself in other countries.
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RHAPSODY EXPANDS TO 14 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

Rhapsody on Monday expanded its subscription music service to 14 additional European countries in a bid to accrue scale and more effectively compete with Spotify, Deezer and others in the burgeoning on-demand music market.
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THE BATTLE FOR LONG ISLAND: FOUR MAJOR PLAYERS VIE FOR NASSAU COLISEUM

Many felt that Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on New York’s Long Island, at more than 40 years old, would be the odd building out after the Barclay's Center opened last year; but, in an unexpected turn of events, all eyes are on Uniondale, N.Y., as the venue is now the focus of an intense bidding war with four viable partnerships making a run at this potentially lucrative market.
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MAXWELL'S -- LEGENDARY, LONG-RUNNING HOBOKEN VENUE -- TO CLOSE IN JULY

Maxwell's, the venerated music venue and bar in Hoboken, New Jersey long known for its eclectic and independent-minded bookings, will be closing its doors after 34 years at the end of July.
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STUBHUB BECOMES OFFICIAL TICKET RE-SELLER FOR LONDON’S O2 ARENA

Secondary ticketing service StubHub has partnered with London’s O2 arena to become the venue’s official ticket re-sale vendor. Effective immediately, the deal sees The O2’s primary ticketing platform AXS.com become fully integrated with StubHub’s ticket reselling platform.
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HOW VIDEOGAME ROCKERS ANAMANAGUCHI BECAME THE BIGGEST KICKSTARTER ACT SINCE AMANDA PALMER

“We passed our funding goal in the first 12 hours and were completely astounded,” says Peter Berkman, lead songwriter and guitarist for the band. “We set the goal at a level that we thought we would be able to hit, but it was a 30-day campaign. We weren’t expecting things to take off so quickly.”
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SACKED SCOTT WEILAND COUNTERSUES STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

Scott Weiland has countersued his former band mates in Stone Temple Pilots claiming they had no right to expel him and shouldn't be allowed to perform with a new lead singer.
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SUB POP CO-FOUNDER JONATHAN PONEMAN DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S

Jonathan Poneman, the co-founder of Seattle's Sub Pop Records, who helped launch such seminal bands as Nirvana and Soundgarden, among others, announced May 31 that he has Parkinson's, the degenerative nervous system disease that also struck Michael J. Fox, Pauline Kael, and Bob Hoskins.
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BACKBEAT: BOBBY ROBERTS' 7LB. LUNKER WINS 6TH ANNUAL PORTER WAGONER MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT

Porters Pond is a new catch-and-release "fishin' hole" that celebrates country music legend Porter Wagoner's love of fishing, sponsored by Gary and Beverly Yamamoto of Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.
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PANDORA STOCKS DROP AFTER iRADIO UPDATE

Pandora, the biggest online radio provider, fell the most in almost six months after reports Apple aims to unveil a competing service as early as next week at its World Wide Developers Conference. Pandora fell 11 percent to $15.22 at the close in New York, the biggest one-day decline since Dec. 5. The Oakland, Calif.-based company’s stock had almost doubled this year through May 31.
New York Post


MAJOR LABELS, CHINESE MUSIC SITES ENACT DEAL TO START CHARGING USERS

Major record labels including Universal, Sony, and Warner Music have instructed Chinese Web sites offering free music service to start charging users, giving June 5 as the deadline to do so. According to a Sina report Monday, which cited unnamed sources, the ultimatum indicated these record companies were determined to combat the country's high copyright infringement. A vast majority of Internet music sites in China utilize tools to provide pirated content and offer online streaming services free of charge to users. The three record labels met several Chinese mainstream music sites, including Baidu Music, Cool Music, and Xiami.com, instructing them to launch subscription services. Sina said the June 5 deadline was established from the agreements between these record companies and music sites.
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F.C.C. SPECTRUM AUCTION BRINGS FIGHT OVER RULES

In the mobile high-speed Internet market, the Obama administration believes it may be necessary to limit competition in order to promote it. That paradox sums up a brewing fight over whether the two largest cellphone companies — AT&T and Verizon Wireless — will be allowed to participate without restrictions in the planned auction of new airwaves for wireless broadband next year. The administration’s antitrust team urged the FCC in April to develop auction rules that ensure that T-Mobile US and Sprint, the two smaller nationwide mobile carriers, are able to buy some of the prime airwaves and better compete nationally with the two larger companies.
New York Times


UK’S SKY BROADBAND BLOCKS PIRATE BAY PROXIES

Sky Broadband has blocked a number of Pirate Bay proxy websites through which the file-sharing hub could be accessed. Now blocked bridges to the site include Kat.ph and Movie2k.TorrentFreak reports that the apparent action appears to go beyond new High Court directions to target such proxy sites, as the Sky blockades adjust to IP-address changes automatically. Proxy sites linking to The Pirate Bay appeared as a work around to blockades imposed directly to the copyright-infringing hub after the UK High Court ordered British ISPs to do so in April last year.
Music Week


CHIME FOR CHANGE CONCERT: 'BBC VIRTUALLY IGNORED IT', SAYS PROMOTER

The Chime for Change concert, broadcast live on Saturday to a global audience of more than 1 billion live from Twickenham Stadium, was reduced to an hour and 20 minutes of "highlights" on BBC1 because the Corporation is more interested in sending staff on its annual "jolly' to Glastonbury, one of its promoters said today. Harvey Goldsmith told the Mail on Sunday that he offered the BBC the rights to broadcast the event live but was turned down – despite its all-star line-up.
Telegraph


U2 WORKING ON NEW ALBUM WITH DANGER MOUSE, COULD BE OUT BY FALL

U2 could be nearing completion of the band's next studio album, according to fansite @U2. Last Friday (May 31), the band members spent the day at New York's Electric Lady Studios, along with Danger Mouse, who was completing mixing duties. Also spotted was Coldplay's Chris Martin, although it's unclear whether he will actually be featured on the forthcoming, so far untitled new LP. In a January 2013 interview with The Sun, Bono proclaimed the new record could take 10 years, as long as the band got it right. However, in an interview last March, bassist Adam Clayton claimed the band was targeting a fall release for the new album.
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