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NUMERO GROUP JOINS SECRETLY CANADIAN, JAGJAGUWAR, DEAD OCEANS IN NEWLY FORMED ‘SECRETLY LABEL GROUP’ (EXCLUSIVE)

 

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.
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SONY'S MUSIC UNLIMITED UPDATES IOS APP WITH OFFLINE PLAYBACK, HIGH-QUALITY AUDIO

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.
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ROC NATION SPORTS SIGNS NBA STAR KEVIN DURANT

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.
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FORMER JACKSON FAMILY MANAGER AND LAWYER SUES SONY MUSIC

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.
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TOM SILVERMAN'S LIBERA ACCEPTANCE SPEECH: FROM ARTISTS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT TAPES TO 'THE BIG SIX' TO A2IM

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.
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THE LATE GREAT BOBBY ‘BLUE’ BLAND TALKS FIRST HIT, LEGACY, CHAUFFEURING B.B. KING IN ONE OF HIS LAST INTERVIEWS

 
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.
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ROGER WATERS, JOHN MAYER HELP BUILD NEW HOMES FOR RETURNING VETS

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.
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FAT JOE SENTENCED TO FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR TAX EVASION

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.
FACT


O2 CHALKS UP RECORD £63M AND SELLS TWO MILLION TICKETS, CLAIMS TOP ARENA IN THE WORLD

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.
Evening Standard


PLAYING TO YOUTH: MCGRATH, SONY MUSIC TEAM FOR EDGY CONTENT

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.
NYP


EUROPEAN PUBLISHERS, OTHERS SLAM GOOGLE ON 'ABUSIVE' PRACTICES, ASK EC TO REJECT GOOGLE PROPOSAL

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.
TechCrunch


AMAZONMP3 COMES TO IPHONE - WITHOUT IN-APP PURCHASE TAX

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.
Music Week


SONY'S SMARTWATCH 2 IS THE COMPANY'S LATEST EFFORT TO GET ON YOUR WRIST

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.
The Verge


STOP THE PRESSES

PRESIDENT OBAMA SINGS “GET LUCKY” BY DAFT PUNK

CHINA'S STATE NEWSPAPER PRAISES EDWARD SNOWDEN FOR 'TEARING OFF WASHINGTON'S SANCTIMONIOUS MASK'

THE SECRET BEHIND 'HE-MAN' VILLAIN STINKOR'S UNENDING REEK

SINGER-SONGWRITER JOHN VANDERSLICE ON THE VERY PERSONAL REASONS HE HATES THIRD EYE BLIND’S “SEMI-CHARMED LIFE”

IS VAPORWAVE THE NEXT SEAPUNK?

INFAMOUS STORE CATS: SCUZZBALL & CREEPER FROM BLEECKER STREET RECORDS


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