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K-POP'S PROFILE EXPANDS EXPONENTIALLY, ALL THANKS TO PSY

 

According to data provided by Google, perhaps more important than Psy's own larger-than-life profile is the impact that Psy's viral phenomenon has had on K-Pop's popularity worldwide.
Billboard.biz


UNIVERSAL MUSIC LAUNCHES 'THE VINYL PROJECT' FOR 'CROWD-FUNDED' RE-PRESSES

Universal and Uvinyl characterized The Vinyl Project as a "crowd-funded vinyl service," but they're not quite right.
Billboard.biz

 


GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, YAHOO AGREE TO WHITE HOUSE PLAN TO COMBAT ADVERTISING ON PIRATE SITES

An industry effort to stop advertisements from appearing on websites primarily devoted to piracy is winning applause from the White House, whose IP czar Victoria Espinel announced the news in a blog post on the White House website entitled "Coming Together to Combat Online Piracy and Counterfeiting." 
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JACKSON WOULD HAVE EARNED $1 BILLION ON COMEBACK SAYS EXPERT

An entertainment accounting expert says Michael Jackson could have earned $1.1 billion or more if he had performed a worldwide concert tour and created a Las Vegas show before his death.  
Billboard.biz


ELTON JOHN EXTENDS HIS RECORD FOR MOST ADULT CONTEMPORARY HITS

Elton John pads his mark for the most appearances in the 52-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "Home Again" soars in at No. 21. The song marks his 69th entry on the ranking.
Billboard.biz


JASON ROTH NAMED COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR SPOTIFY U.S.

Longtime music and tech publicist Jason Roth has been named Spotify's new director of communications for the U.S., reporting to U.S. communications head Graham James.
Billboard.biz


BEATS MUSIC TO LAY NEW SCORE ON SPOTIFY

Beats Electronics co-owner Jimmy Iovine is discussing pricing plans for a new AT&T-backed Spotify-killer that has the support of a pair of the big music labels.
New York Post


'ARTISTS SHOULD BE UNIONISED,' SAYS TICKETMASTER CEO

Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard has called for artists to demand unionisation in the face of the raging Spotify debate sparked this time by Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich.
Music Week


RADIOHEAD MANAGER SUPPORTS SPOTIFY

Streaming services are a new way for artists and fans to engage. As a manager of Thom I obviously sit up and take note when he says, 'Listen guys we need to look at how this works'. It’s a healthy debate that’s going on right now."
Clash


CASSETTE STORE DAY TO LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER

Presumably hoping to follow on from the success of Record Store Day, 7th September will mark the first annual International Cassette Store Day.
The Fly


MAJOR DISTRIBUTOR CODAEX GROUP COLLAPSES, CODAEX U.K. NOW FACING ADMINISTRATION

A few weeks ago, at the Classical:NEXT music industry conference in Vienna, much of the talk was about the collapse of one of Europe's largest distributors, The Codaex Group. But there were hopes that the important British arm, Codaex U.K. Ltd., might survive.
Classicalite


ALAN MCGEE ON HIS LABEL’S NEW SIGNINGS, THE ROLLING STONES’ TOUR AND IF OASIS ARE ABOUT TO REFORM?

“I think, to be honest, The Stones are now probably far too old. I love them, don’t get me wrong. When I saw them at Twickenham in 2007, they were only about 63, and they were still tight, they still had it. But hitting 70, they are losing their power now."
Dangerous Minds


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