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Numero Group, the Chicago-based independent re-issuer, has entered a partnership to join the Secretly Canadian family of labels, which includes Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar and Dead Oceans. The four labels will be collectively known as the Secretly Label Group, with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana and satellite offices in Chicago, Brooklyn, Austin and London.
In a clear play to stay competitive with the likes of Spotify and Rdio, Sony is updating its iOS Music Unlimited app to offer offline playback and high-quality audio. And its dangling lower, subscription price points to entice new customers.
Roc Nation Sports, the sports agency launched by Jay-Z and Roc Nation in collaboration with CAA early this past April, has announced its signing of NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
While the Jackson family’s trial against AEG continues, a former lawyer and manager for the Jacksons on Monday filed a new lawsuit demanding at least $10 million from Sony Music Entertainment for royalties from music created prior to 1983.
One of highlights from last week's second annual Libera Awards was Tom Silverman's Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech. Part personal history, thank you note and indie history lesson, the speech was filled with keen insights only someone with 35 years in the business could have. Biz reached out to Silverman for the full text of his speech, which follows.
In September 2010, I made a working trip that was a pilgrimage for anyone looking to dig down to the roots of soulful rhythm and blues vocalizing. I traveled to Jackson, Mississippi, to watch a true R&B original, still working the blues festivals across the deep south, even as a fragile 81-year-old.
A meeting with Bob and Lee Woodruff at last year’s Stand Up for Heroes event -- a dozen wounded vets performed with Waters there -- led to discussions with Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, whose Fuller Foundation provides housing for the homeless.
Rapper Fat Joe has been sentenced to four months in prison and fined $15,000 for failing to file tax returns on more than $3.3 million earned between 2007 and 2010.
The Greenwich venue is now the world’s most popular arena and taxpayers are set to benefit. The state owns a 15 percent stake in net profits, which soared 35 per cent to £15.5 million.
Former MTV Networks chief Judy McGrath — who transformed MTV from a music-channel into a youth cultural touchstone — is joining forces with Sony Music to form an entertainment production division inside the music major.
It looks like it may be back to the drawing board for Google on the European competitive front: hundreds of publishers and publishing trade associations today are coming out in force to ask the European Commission and its Vice President Joaquín Almunia to “reject outright” Google’s draft remedies, which Google submitted to the EC as its offer for rebalancing rebalance competition in search and other online products where it is dominant in the region.
By optimising the site for Safari on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Amazon customers with Apple mobile devices can browse and purchase any of the 22 million-plus songs in the company’s online web store.
The company is back this year with a new version of the Android companion, the logically-named SmartWatch 2. The SmartWatch 2 maintains the essence of the prior model, but adds NFC for one-touch pairing to an Android smartphone; a higher-resolution display with better sunlight visibility; better battery life; an improved user interface; and more pre-installed and recommended apps.
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