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APPLE DEBUTS ITUNES RADIO

Apple finally introduced the world to iTunes Radio, its much-anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. The new service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV and will offer featured stations and also allow users to create their own stations based on artists, songs or genres.
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SONY PLAYSTATION AND MICROSOFT XBOX SQUARE OFF AT E3

Sony and Microsoft announced the latest iterations of their gaming console franchises, on the opening day of the E3 conference in L.A.  Sony, it would seem, got the better of the two as its PlayStation 4 was priced at $100 less than Microsoft's Xbox One.  However, as Ars Technica pointed out, in the fine print PS4 will charge a subscription fee for online multiplayer gaming.
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PANDORA, SPOTIFY, CLEAR CHANNEL EXECS WELCOME ITUNES RADIO, STRATEGIZE FOR THE FUTURE AT NEW MUSIC SEMINAR

With the official announcement that Apple is joining the digital radio space, a New Music Seminar panel of digital radio experts welcomed that news saying it validates their operations and services.
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'AMERICAN IDOL' NAMES PER BLANKENS NAMED EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

While the future of "American Idol" is still being plotted, it seems the producers behind the Fox mainstay are looking to Europe to save the struggling show.
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JUDGE ADMONISHES AEG LIVE CEO OVER COMBATIVE TESTIMONY

A judge admonishes the top executive at AEG Live Randy Phillips to answer questions from an attorney for Michael Jackson's mother without arguing with the lawyer.
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GOVERNORS BALL FOUNDER JORDAN WOLOWITZ ON FEST'S EXPONENTIAL GROWTH, KANYE, THE RAIN

Jordan Wolowitz, co-founder of Founders Entertainment, had been following the meteorology reports on an hourly basis Friday afternoon before making the call to end Governors Ball on an early, muddy note.
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TONY AWARDS TELECAST A HIT, VIEWERSHIP RISES 1.2 MILLION

CBS' Tony Awards telecast saw viewership jump to 7.24 million people, the show's largest audience in four years. According to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday, Sunday's show crowning "Kinky Boots" as best musical saw an increase of more than 1.2 million people over last year's show. Neil Patrick Harris returned to host for the fourth time.
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GOV'T MULE SIGNS TO BLUE NOTE, NEW RECORD DUE IN SEPTEMBER

Blues/rock powerhouse Gov’t Mule has signed to Blue Note Records and will release Shout!, the group’s first studio album in four years, on Sept. 24.
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APPLE BONDS LOSE 9% IN SIX WEEKS

Investors are nursing losses of up to 9 per cent on Apple’s record-breaking $17bn bond offering, less than six weeks after the securities landed in their portfolios.  The technology giant tapped the white-hot bond market for the largest debt fundraising to date on April 30, but a sharp turn in interest rates has caused a sell-off in corporate bonds and wiped hundreds of millions of dollars off the value of the offering.
Financial Times


MUSICIANS LOBBY G-8 LEADERS WITH PROTEST SONGS

Sting, Green Day, Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons are among musicians raising their voices against poverty by re-recording classic protest songs. The agit8 project, which hopes to influence leaders at next week's G-8 summit in Northern Ireland, is backed by the One Campaign set up by U2 front man Bono. It wants G-8 leaders to help boost African food production and improve transparency in international aid. The songs, available online from Tuesday, include Sting performing The Police track "Driven to Tears" and Sheeran's version of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War."
Associated Press


KANYE CONFIRMS DAFT PUNK, JUSTIN VERNON, TNGHT, CHIEF KEEF, RICK RUBIN WORKED ON YEEZUS

Kanye West’s hugely anticipated “Yeezus” promises to be some party, with the French electronic music masters Daft Punk tipped to appear alongside the likes of Chief Keef and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.  Word got out from a “Yeezus” listening session Monday night at New York’s Milk. On the night, West confirmed that Daft Punk worked on three or four songs, and he shared a track that reworks TNGHT's "Higher Ground" with Billie Holiday’s "Strange Fruit," Pitchfork reports.
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SPRINT ENDS TALKS ABOUT SALE TO DISH NETWORK, SUPPORTS SOFTBANK BID

Wireless giant Sprint Nextel said late Monday night that it has ended conversations with Charlie Ergen's Dish Network about a sale to the satellite TV company and instead supported a revised bid by Japan's SoftBank. Dish in mid-April submitted an unsolicited $25.5 billion takeover proposal for Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier.
The Hollywood Reporter


GERMANY'S PROSIEBENSAT.1 LAUNCHES STREAMING MUSIC SERVICE AMPYA

German broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to carve out a piece of the growing music streaming business with the launch of Ampya, an online streaming service akin to Spotify. The new service, which launched this week, features more than 20 million music titles in addition to some 57,000 music videos and more than 100,000 radio stations, available either through an ad-supported freemium service or on a subscription basis.
The Hollywood Reporter


OKLAHOMA MUSICIANS RELEASE DIGITAL MUSIC TO BENEFIT TORNADO RELIEF

In addition to the “Reaching Out,” a 22-track compilation from Oklahoma indie rock, folk and pop-punk bands, a wide range of Sooner State musicians, from Blake Shelton and Color Me Badd to Sugar Free Allstars and Horse Thief, have dropped digital singles to raise money for the cause.
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