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Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service following deals with Sony and Sony/ATV on Friday as well as changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads as the company opens its annual conference for software developers today (June 10) at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Warner Bros. Records co-president and chief operating office Livia Tortella has left the label. "This has been one of the most unique and special adventures of my life and I’ve treasured every moment professionally and personally," she wrote in a memo to company staff on Friday.
British electronica duo Disclosure’s debut set “Settle” overcame an early-week lead by Queens of the Stone Age’s “Like Clockwork” to hit the UK album chart summit. Meanwhile, a week after Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, that record has been broken again — by Thicke himself.
'KINKY BOOTS,' SCORED BY CINDI LAUPER, KICKS UP 6 TONY AWARD WINS
The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won a leading six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man.
BUSINESS MATTERS: SUBSCRIPTION MARKET TO GROW 40% THIS YEAR, REPORT SAYS
In a new report, Juniper Research says the global subscription market will increase 40% this year. Western Europe will account for nearly half that revenue, and most of the remainder will be evenly split between North America and the Far East & China. Billboard.biz
Rdio CEO Drew Larner is leading a search for a new CEO at the streaming service, one who will expand its efforts to sell music and video subscriptions.
Sire Records cofounder and chairman Seymour Stein will take on additional responsibilities as senior label A&R executive for independent music, working closely with WMG's Alternative Distribution Alliance. In this newly created position, Stein will support ADA's management team in developing the company's roster of labels.
When Coca-Cola and Spotify first announced their “global strategic partnership” in April 2012, the vague marketing buzzwords only hinted at the products to come. Now the companies have announced their PlaceLists app, a new platform for Spotify users to share and update playlists around the world. Coke, meanwhile, will also use PlaceLists to showcase songs from 52 emerging artists.
Thirteen charges have been leveled against Live Nation and others under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act in the Radiohead stage collapse last June at Toronto's Downsview Park. In a prepared statement sent to Billboard, Live Nation disagrees with the charges brought against them. Billboard.biz
The Rolling Stones score with three sold-out shows in Chicago, while Kenny Chesney takes second place with two shows on his No Shoes Nation Tour. Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and Beyonce follow, while P!nk takes the No. 10 ranking with a single concert at O2 World in Berlin. Billboard.biz
E3/WWDC: THE TECH WORLD’S HARMONIC CONVERGENCE
Today is an historic day for in the tech world as the Electronic Entertainment Expo and Apple's WWDC opening days overlap for a day that promises to have announcements that will impact the tech world and ultimately the music business for months to come and beyond. In addition to the WWDC’s expected iRadio and new iOS launches from Apple, at E3 today Microsoft, EA, Sony and Ubisoft all have press conferences and new products to announce.
Add two more departures to the "American Idol" post-season tally. Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest. Its 12th season ended in May with a record low-rated finale. The producers follow judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson out the door.
At its annual meeting held in Washington DC last week, CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) elected electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre to serve as its new president. Jarre will succeed the late Robin Gibb, who passed away in May 2012, and Hervé Di Rosa, a French visual artist and painter who served as CISAC’s acting president for the past year. The organization also expanded its Vice President role to four positions naming Javed Akhtar, Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro, and Ousmane Sow.
Ticketmaster has launched LiveAnalytics internationally, a database that it says will enable venue, artist and team clients to laser target their marketing campaigns. LiveAnalytics was launched in the US in 2011 and Live Nation Entertainment’s International Ticketmaster team, based in London, has since customized the solution for International markets.
The dreamers, brains and cranks who built the Internet hoped it would be a tool of liberation and knowledge. Last week, an altogether bleaker vision emerged with new revelations of how the United States government is using it as a monitoring and tracking device with initiatives like the NSA's Prism spy program. In Silicon Valley, a place not used to second-guessing the bright future it is eternally building, there was a palpable sense of dismay. Edward Snowden, a former CIA worker who disclosed on Sunday that he was the one who leaked government surveillance documents to The Guardian newspaper, ranks high among the disturbed calling the Internet “the most important invention in all of human history,” but believes its value is being destroyed by unceasing surveillance.
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A woman who threw eggs at international talent show guru Simon Cowell during the finals of the popular television contest "Britain's Got Talent" will not face charges, show organizers said on Sunday. Cowell was one of four judges watching two brothers singing during the live televised performance on Saturday night when a viola player ran from the back of the stage and threw several eggs at him before being removed by security staff. In comments to the Telegraph website, the egg-thrower said she: "basically took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry."
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