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AMAZON BATTLES EUROPEAN TAX LEVY ON BLANK CDS

 

On Thursday, the European Court of Justice addressed the situation after Amazon found itself facing a levy of nearly €1.6 million ($2.4 million) over customer purchases made between 2002 and 2004. A decade later, Amazon is at odds with an Austrian copyright-collecting society that is looking to obtain the money to pass along to artists.
Billboard.biz


RAP'S HISTORY-MAKING WEEK ON THE BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART

For the first time in the Billboard 200 chart's history, rap albums hold down the top three spots in three successive weeks.
Billboard.biz

 


STREAMING SALES LIFT SCANDINAVIAN MUSIC MARKET

The Norwegian music industry is having a good year, thanks to Spotify and other online music streaming services.
Billboard.biz

 


DEPECHE MODE TOPS HOT TOURS CHART WITH $60.8 MILLION GROSS

Depeche Mode leads this week's list of Hot Tours with more than $60.8 million in ticket sales from the Delta Machine Tour that supports its most recent album of the same name, which was released in March. 
Billboard.biz


DOUGIE BRUCE AND STEVEN MELROSE TO HEAD EPIC RECORDS U.K.

Dougie Bruce and Steven Melrose have been appointed joint managing directors of Epic Records U.K., reporting to Sony Music Chairman & CEO Nick Gatfield.
Billboard.biz


BUDWEISER DOUBLES DOWN WITH JAY-Z AND RIHANNA ON INTERNATIONAL 'MADE FOR MUSIC' CAMPAIGN

In 2012, Budweiser took a big chance on its inaugural Made In America festival – now, the beer behemoth is expanding the same cultural marketing approach behind the program to 85 countries with Made For Music.
Billboard.biz


THIRD MAN RECORDS PRODUCTION HEAD SAYS LIMITED EDITION VINYL FOR JAY-Z'S 'MAGNA CARTA' IS HIS YEAR'S 'GOOD IDEA'

With the pre-release of Jay Z’s Samsung-promoted twelfth studio album Magna Carta... Holy Grail on July  4 (and subsequent standard format release July 9), Hova is being hailed by some as a pioneer for new platforms of distribution.
Billboard.biz


BRIAN MAY BACKS FREDDIE MERCURY'S ESTATE IN NORWICH GORILLA REMOVAL DISPUTE

'You have to ask yourself how you'd feel if suddenly people were making effigies of your dearly departed dad or son or brother,' says Queen guitarist.
NME


BEYONCE RESPONDS TO NON-CONTROVERSY OVER PEPSI

"When you work out, take care of your body, rehearse as hard as I rehearsed in the commercial, I think it's great to have a Pepsi or Diet Pepsi when you want one. It's all about choices."
Reuters


INSIDE GOOGLE'S INFINITE MUSIC INTELLIGENCE MACHINE

The awkwardly named Google Play Music All Access has only been live for eight weeks and naturally has some catching up to do with digital music incumbents. Music discovery is a crucial piece of that puzzle and one that's notoriously challenging to lock into place.
Co.Create


WHY EDM IS A GENRE AND NOT JUST A MARKETING TERM

There’s a lot more to this debate than might at first appear, and it gets to the heart of a lot of the problems with the current EDM craze.
Mark Mulligan


ELTON JOHN'S CANCELLED SUMMER TOUR 'TRIGGERS £10M INSURANCE PAYOUT'

According to The Mirror, the 14 dates across Europe would have seen Elton play to over 200,000 people with some tickets costing more than £100 each. The revenue lost by promoters will now be met by the singer's insurance company.
NME


NICK CAVE WANTED TO CALL GLADIATOR SEQUEL ‘CHRIST KILLER’

Did you know what Nick Cave once wrote a screenplay for a sequel to Gladiator that never made it into production?
The Fly


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