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LIVE NATION TEAMS WITH INSOMNIAC EVENTS IN ‘CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP”

During a panel at his own EDM Biz conference, Insomniac Events’ CEO Pasquale Rotella casually confirmed what his long been rumored: His company, best known for producing the popular Electric Daisy Carnival, will formally partner with Live Nation in a "creative partnership."
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SONY CEO ON CALLS FOR AN ENTERTAINMENT SPIN-OFF: 'IT NEEDS TO BE EXAMINED'

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai told shareholders at their annual meeting that entertainment is a vital part of the company, but that the board will consider the proposal from hedge fund Third Point to sell a 15 to 20% stake in the profit-making division.
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DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS, INSOMNIAC EVENTS PARTNER ON DANCE MUSIC AWARDS SHOW FOR 2014

Insomniac Events, the event promoter behind the Electric Daisy Carnival, has announced a partnership with Dick Clark Productions to produce a dance music awards show in 2014. The show will be dedicated to dance music and culture and will run during what is being dubbed “EDC Week next June” in Las Vegas.
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HIP-HOP SUPER TUESDAY UPDATE: KANYE WEST LEADS, J. COLE GETS BIGGER

June 18 was a Super Tuesday for hip-hop, with new albums from Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all going on sale. Yet, what at first looked like a runaway No. 1 for West's "Yeezus" may actually be a closer race than originally expected.
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CHET FLIPPO, LONGTIME MUSIC WRITER, FORMER BILLBOARD NASHVILLE BUREAU CHIEF, DIES

Chet Flippo -- a veteran music writer, editor and author, as well as Billboard's Nashville Bureau Chief from 1995 to 2000 -- passed away Wednesday morning of pneumonia, according to reports. At the time of his death, he was editorial director of CMT and CMT.com. Flippo’s vast knowledge of American roots music, country music, and early rock and roll allowed him to write from a place of deep knowledge, not only understanding an individual artist’s music, but the cultural and historic place it held. Flippo's longtime friend and colleague Mikal Gilmore called Flippo “one of those essential illumination points in modern writings about popular music and about an expanse of American music history as well.”  (Read one of Flippo's excellent Billboard cover stories on the rising alt.country scene from our archives here.)
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JESÚS ARIEL BARRERAS, EDITORA DE IDEAS, LUZ CASAL, PSY WIN AT SESAC LATINA MUSIC AWARDS

Mexican songwriter Jesús Ariel Barreras, Korean pop star Psy, Spanish diva Luz Casal and publishing house Editora de Ideas were the big winners at the SESAC Latina Music Awards, which took place June 19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: PANDORA IS NOT WALMART

A new paper disputes Pandora claims it pays too much in royalties. Written by Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, "Understanding Webcasting Royalties" shines a light on Pandora's effort to lower its royalty costs.
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BLACK SABBATH EARNS FIRST-EVER NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

Almost 43 years after Black Sabbath debuted on the Billboard 200, the iconic rock band earns its first No. 1 album this week with the arrival of "13." The set starts at No. 1 with 155,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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LIVE NATION ACQUIRES MAJORITY STAKE IN BDG MUSIC

Live Nation Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in BDG Music Group, the Baltic region's largest concert promotion company with an extensive network in Estonia and Lithuania. The group will retain its current management team.
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ITUNES TO HOST DEDICATED ROLLING STONES DESTINATION IN ONLINE STORE

The iTunes store is to host a dedicated Rolling Stones destination which forms part of the band's 50th anniversary campaign. The hub will make available all of the band's biggest albums, live releases and single from the past 50 years - in formats that have been mastered exclusively for iTunes, including their latest Greatest Hits release GRRR!
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PIRATE BAY FOUNDER GUILTY OF HACKING, SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON

Following a trial spanning two weeks, the Stockholm District Court has just handed down its sentence in the Gottfrid Svartholm hacking case. The 28-year-old was found guilty of hacking into Logica, a company carrying out work for local tax authorities, and sentenced to two years in jail. Another man, said to be his accomplice, was sentenced to probation.
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PUBLIC ENEMY TEAMS WITH BITTORRENT

Legendary hip hop group Public Enemy has launched a campaign with BitTorrent inviting fans to compile their own mixes from the band’s latest single “Get Up Stand Up” and submit them for a chance to be distributed by the group. BitTorrent has created a special Public Enemy Bundle that can be downloaded for free and the service’s 170 million users can remix it to their liking.
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JACK JOHNSON ANNOUNCES TOUR, PLEDGES 100% OF PROFITS TO CHARITY

Jack Johnson has announced a fall headline tour; and as part of the All At Once campaign, he has pledged all tour profits to 75 charities across the U.S. and Europe. In support of his sixth studio album, “From Here To Now To You,” to be released on September 17 through Johnson’s own Brushfire Records, the tour launches in Europe on Sept. 5th before returning to the U.S. for a string of dates, including the Life is good Festival on September 22 in Canton, MA.
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SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS PITCHES MUSIC CABLE CHANNEL REVOLT AT CANNES

After holding court Tuesday night on the Croisette with media and advertising moguls (and an afterparty or two), Sean "Diddy" Combs was all business today, taking the main stage at Cannes Lions with Translation CEO Steve Stoute to pitch the fall launch of his music cable network, Revolt TV, and give his take on how he successfully reaches millennials—or kids, as he prefers to call them.
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SLIM WHITMAN, COUNTRY SINGER, DIES AT AGE 90

Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy "Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90.
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