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CHRISTOPHER 'TRICKY' STEWART EXITS EPIC A&R HELM

In an unexpected move, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart has exited his post as Epic Records’ president of A&R to concentrate on producing. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer joined the label in that role in October 2011.
Billboard.biz


TOM ODELL & ICONA POP RULE U.K. SALES CHARTS

Swedish duo Icona Pop’s international hit “I Love It” (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Charlie XIX, entered at the top of the singles chart, while Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment).
Billboard.biz


BUSINESS MATTERS: WHAT ITUNES RADIO WILL ACTUALLY PAY

A close look at the iTunes licensing agreement for indie labels shows iTunes Radio royalties have limited downside and strong upside. The minimum royalty calculation ensures labels will be paid a decent royalty until iTunes Radio becomes effective at generating revenue.
Billboard.biz


BOSTON'S TOM SCHOLZ ORDERED TO PAY FOR FAILED DEFAMATION LAWSUIT

 

Musician Tom Scholz claimed the Boston Herald and two reporters blamed him for the 2007 suicide of lead singer Brad Delp. A Superior Court judge dismissed his lawsuit in March, saying it was impossible to know why Delp killed himself.
Billboard.biz


CHARLIE WILSON'S CAREER CELEBRATED AT BET AWARDS AS KENDRICK LAMAR, DRAKE, RIHANNA TAKE TROPHIES

Capping the three-day affair was the 13th annual BET Awards from which Kendrick Lamar emerged the big winner with two key category awards: best new artist and male hip-hop artist (see complete list of winners below). Drake also won two awards: video of the year and the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice award.
Billboard.biz


IFPI’S FRANCES MOORE EMPHASIZES GROWTH, CHALLENGES AT FILAIE/IFPI LATIN AMERICAN MEETING

Latin America’s status as the fastest growing region in terms of digital growth in 2012 and the second fastest growing region in terms of performance rights income were central points of the speech delivered by IFPI’s Frances Moore at the Filaie/IFPI Latin American and Caribbean Regional Meeting June 25 in Bogotá.
Billboard.biz


CHART MOVES: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S '20/20' FIRST ALBUM TO SELL 2 MILLION IN 2013

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was a hip-hop affair in the top three. Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller debuted new albums, respectively at Nos. 1-3 on the list. West's Yeezus led the rap parade, selling 327,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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U2 MANAGER PAUL MCGUINNESS ON MARK FISHER: 'HE TURNED EVERYONE’S WILD IDEAS INTO STEEL, LUMBER AND CANVAS REALITY'

U2 manager Paul McGuinness had a long and fruitful relationship with late, great architect/set designer Mark Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday (June 25) and was invovled with every U2 tour since 1991. Here’s his thoughts on Fisher's "genius."
Billboard.biz


MICROSOFT LAUNCHES WEB-BASED XBOX MUSIC, AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIBERS NOW

Xbox Music Pass subscribers can access the web player from music.xbox.com, with a responsive design that adapts to your browser size. The web player is very similar to the recently redesigned Windows 8.1 Xbox Music app, but it doesn't include the same rich now playing screen found on the full application version.
The Verge


APPLE TRADEMARKED 'IWATCH' IN JAPAN!

Apple appears to be coming out with a computer for your wrist – a smartwatch, perhaps called an "iWatch." Either that, or the company is working very hard to fool everyone into believing it is.
Business Insider


WE LISTEN TO INDIE BANDS ONLINE, BUT PAY TO SEE MADONNA

Over the past two weeks, Princeton economist Alan Krueger has updated concert revenue data underlying his two landmark rockonomics papers from 2004 and 2005 (one a solo act, the other produced as part of a band). The papers showed, among other things, that top artists markedly increased their share of concert revenue over 20 years, with the top 1 percent taking 56 percent of revenue in 2003 versus 26 percent in 1982.
Wired


STEREOSONIC PARENT COMPANY TO BE SOLD FOR $75 MILLION IN CASH & STOCK

The newly revived SFX Entertainment, which entrepreneur Robert F. X. Sillerman is looking to develop into a powerhouse in the world of electronic dance music, has set its sights on acquiring Australia’s Totem, the company behind mammoth dance festival Stereosonic. In The Mix reported the potential purchase of the company this morning, confirming Totem to be part of the company’s proposed $1 billion in acquisitions through 2013.
The Music (AU)


SONY SLASHING MUSIC PRICES TO FIGHT OFF BIG RIVAL SPOTIFY

Sony, owner of the world's second-biggest record company, is slashing prices and expanding its music streaming service in Ireland as it takes the fight to rival Spotify.
Independent (IRE)


MUSIC BIZ DEMANDS PIRACY FILTER FROM TORRENT SITES

Keeping the pressure up, UK music industry group BPI is now contacting torrent sites with a legal threat of their own. In their letter the BPI accuses torrent site owners of encouraging and facilitating massive infringement of their copyrights.
TorrentFreak


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