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Sony Music is reportedly the latest and last major label to sign a deal with Apple’s as-of-yet launched music streaming service dubbed “iRadio,” according to a report on All Things D. With a deal announced last week with Warner Music Group and UMG earlier in the month, the Sony partnership would mean Apple now has agreements in place with all three of the major labels just in time for its Worldwide Developer’s Conference on Monday (June 10) where Apple is expected to announce the new steaming platform.
CLEAR CHANNEL, DUALTONE STRIKE REVENUE AGREEMENT
Clear Channel Media has announced its latest direct licensing deal, this time with Dualtone Music Group, an independent rock label based in Nashville, Tenn. The agreement allows Dualtone artists to share revenue from Clear Channel’s broadcast and digital radio.
The global success of acts One Direction and Adele helped nudge British artists to a record worldwide album sale share of 13.3 percent in 2012, the highest on record.
Following the high-profile departure of alternative programming head Mike Darnell on May 24, a highly placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the network has appointed one of its own to step in and oversee "American Idol" and "X Factor". The News Corp. veteran, experienced sports and live events exec and notoriously tough negotiator is expected to step in immediately.
YANDEL OF WISIN & YANDEL TO PREMIERE SOLO SINGLE
In the past few months, rumors have swirled about the imminent separation of reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel -- management denied the separation but admitted the two were working on individual projects. Now, it's official.
The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts told jurors Thursday that he never consulted a mental health professional to help the singer despite two high-level show workers suggesting it was necessary.
ASCAP TO HONOR PATRICK DOYLE AT FILM & TV MUSIC AWARDS
Composer Patrick Doyle, whose scores include "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Gosford Park" and "Carlito’s Way" will receive the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award at the performing rights organization's 28th annual Film & Television Music Awards on June 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Mountain Dew has long had a history in the Heartland of America – the regions of the Midwest, Southwest and Southeast where nearly 80% of the brand’s volume comes from. But only recently has the soda giant started to incorporate the music of the Heartland – country – into its advertising. The news comes just as the company severed its partnerships with rappers Lil Wayne and Tyler the Creator following controversies.
Is your song hot or not? Slacker on Thursday launched its "EQ" metric for measuring the hotness quotient of millions of tracks for a weekly top 40 list, becoming the latest streaming music company to give artists and listeners a tiny glimpse of the vast treasure trove of data they have accumulated over billions of hours of listening.
Clear Channel and iHeartRadio's "Show Your Stripes" campaign is meant to help unemployed U.S. military veterans find work by highlighting the skills and experience they receive during their service to employers via a campaign of public service announcements that uses Clear Channel's radio, billboard and digital platforms.
Tyga makes a six-position jump on Billboard's Social 50 chart, moving to No. 27 after re-entering the chart at No. 33 last week following the release of a new video for his single “For the Road” (featuring Chris Brown) on May 24.
The National Security Agency and the FBI appeared to be casting an even wider net than thought under a clandestine program code-named "PRISM" that came to light in a story posted late Thursday by The Washington Post. PRISM gives the U.S. government access to email, documents, audio, video, photographs and other data that people entrust to some of the world's best known companies, according to The Washington Post. The companies included Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., AOL Inc., Yahoo Inc., Skype, YouTube and Paltalk. Many of the companies, however, have denied any involvement in the program.
Facebook has announced a sweeping overhaul that will cut its number of ad units in half and put less pressure on advertisers to give their ads social features. Advertisers have been complaining for the past year about Facebook’s unwieldy collection of advertising products, Facebook product manager Fidji Simo said in a blog post. As a result, Facebook will pull many ad options it had previously touted, like allowing owners of Facebook pages to embed native coupons, or “Offers” in Facebook parlance. The number of ad units will fall from 37 to less than half of that. And now every Facebook ad will automatically be retrofitted with a social component.
The first letters of warning sent to internet users suspected of piracy under the Digital Economy Act won’t be sent until the latter half of 2015, the Government has confirmed. It’s the latest in a number of delays for the implementation of the DEA, which came into effect in 2010. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport outlined a lengthy wait for DEA action last year, with three-strikes letters not expected until 2014, but it was revealed in February this year that the notifications might not make an appearance until early 2015.
Apple Inc. is starting an iPhone trade-in program this month aimed at getting users to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and turn in older models, people with knowledge of the plans said. Apple has teamed up with Brightstar Corp. (STAR), a mobile-phone distributor, to run the exchange program, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t publicly announced the plan.
Foreclosure proceedings have been initiated against the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and an auction of its landmark Schermerhorn Symphony Center has been scheduled for June 28. Formal notice of the foreclosure was issued by Bank of America, the lead lender on the $82.3 million still owed on the concert hall. The foreclosure notice comes in the same week that auditors for the Nashville Symphony Association have questioned whether the organization can continue as a "going concern," citing the orchestra’s failure to make payments on its $102 million bond issue.
President Barack Obama is convinced that if all schools worked more technology into their curriculum, they would also excel. That's why he announced on Thursday a new initiative (PDF) to bring high-speed Internet access to 99 percent of all of the country's K-12 students within the next five years. "We are living in a digital age, and to help our students get ahead, we must make sure they have access to cutting-edge technology," Obama said in a statement. "So today, I'm issuing a new challenge for America -- one that families, businesses, school districts, and the federal government can rally around together -- to connect virtually every student in America's classrooms to high-speed broadband Internet within five years, and equip them with the tools to make the most of it."
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- Grand Jury Rejects Indictment of Teen Arrested for Rap Lyrics