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SFX FILES FOR $175 MILLION IPO

 

Robert Sillerman’s entertainment empire SFX Entertainment has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to raise up to $175 million in an initial public offering.
Billboard.biz


APPLE ITUNES RADIO'S LICENSING AGREEMENTS WITH INDIE LABELS EMERGE

According to a copy of the document obtained by Billboard, Apple will not have to pay for any content during the beta launch of the service, which can last up to 120 days. Billboard.biz


JUSTIN BIEBER'S MANAGER SCOOTER BRAUN BUYS ROMANIAN TALENT FORMAT

Scooter Braun, the music management phenom whose client list includes Justin Bieber, Carley Rae Jepsen and The Wanted, has teamed with Canadian production group Marble Media to adapt the Romanian music talent show format "Mom Made Me A Star" for the North American market.
Billboard.biz


BMG CEO HARTWIG MASUCH ON THE ROLLING STONES DEAL (Q&A)

BMG today announced  that the Germany-based rights management company will represent the Rolling Stones' post-1983 catalog and and will also track payments from the duo’s previous copyrights. Billboard.biz spoke with BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch about how the deal came about and what it means for the expanding music company.
Billboard.biz


KANYE WEST, J. COLE, MAC MILLER, KELLY ROWLAND ALBUMS DEBUT IN TOP FOUR ON BILLBOARD 200

Led by Kanye West's Yeezus, all of the top four albums on the Billboard 200 this week are new entries. West's Yeezus arrives with 327,000 -- the third-largest sales week of the year. It's bested only by the debuts of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (339,000).
Billboard.biz


NEIL DIAMOND RECORDS CHARITY SONG FOR BOSTON

"I was moved by the unity and the attitude of the people in Boston," Diamond said. "And that's really all a songwriter needs, is to be inspired. It doesn't happen very often but when it does you have to follow that muse and I did."
Billboard.biz


PANDORA CALLS ARTIST ROYALTIES FLAP AN ORCHESTRATED 'LIE'

Co-founder Tim Westergren charges the RIAA with running a "misinformation campaign" and denies lobbying for an 85 percent reduction in artist royalties.
CNET


WILL.I.AM DENIES HE IS SUING MUSICIAN PHARRELL WILLIAMS

Earlier Pharrell Williams had released a statement saying he was "disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case" against him. The Black Eyed Peas singer has since tweeted to say that he was "never" planning on suing Pharrell over his new brand 'i am OTHER'.
BBC


LADY GAGA TOPS FORBES' LIST OF MOST POWERFUL MUSICIANS

It's been a pretty quiet 2013 for Lady Gaga following her tour-ending hip surgery, but she has some good news to celebrate: Forbes has named her the most powerful musician in the world.
Rolling Stone


APPLE ITUNES STORE OUTAGE CUTS OFF 20 PERCENT OF USERS

The iTunes store is experiencing a service disruption that is preventing 20 percent of its users from making purchases on the company's music pages, according to Apple's system status page. No other Apple services appear to be affected by disruption.
CNET


MARCO ALBONI APPOINTED CHAIRMAN AND CEO, WARNER MUSIC ITALY

Alboni - who most recently served as chairman of EMI Italy, leaving the company in April - will assume the position on July 1 and will report to Stu Bergen, president, International, Warner Recorded Music.
Music Week


ACCLAIMED JANIS JOPLIN MUSICAL FINALLY HEADED TO BROADWAY

Broadway-goers will soon get to spend A Night With Janis Joplin. As the New York Times reports, the concert-as-theater-piece will open on the Great White Way this fall after touring the U.S. for the last two years. The show, which stars Mary Bridget Davies as the '60s icon, will begin holding previews at the Lyceum Theater on September 20. Opening night has been set for October 10.
SPIN



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