Jay-Z and 'Magna Carta' Debut at No. 1, L.A.'s Electric Daisy Suit Thrown Out of Court, Polaris Announces Short List Including METZ , Metric and Much More

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JAY-Z'S 'MAGNA CARTA' DEBUTS AT NO. 1, HAS YEAR'S SECOND-BIGGEST SALES WEEK

 

Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail album storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 527,000 copies in its first week, according to preliminary data from Nielsen SoundScan.
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LAWSUIT AGAINST ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL PROMOTER PASQUALE ROTELLA THROWN OUT

A California judge has thrown out a civil lawsuit against Electric Daisy Carnival rave promoters Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Productions and Reza Gerami (Go Ventures) that alleged the two had participated in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme with ex-Memorial Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano.
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PRESIDENT OF SPAIN'S AUTHOR'S AND PUBLISHERS SOCIETY OUSTED

Antón Reixa, the president of Spain’s Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), had been removed from his post after just one year, following a vote by the troubled authors' and publishers’ society’s board of directors.
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TEGAN AND SARA, METRIC MAKE THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST

The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with Metric, METZ, Purity Ring and Tegan and Sara among the ten acts in the running for Canada's best album of the year.  
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SUB POP LOOKS BACK, CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH 40,000-STRONG SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Sub Pop Records, the label noted for signing such bands as Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Shins and The Postal Service, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a Silver Jubilee concert in Seattle's bohemian Georgetown neighborhood on July 13.
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DOCTORS: SINGER RANDY TRAVIS AWAKE AFTER STROKE

Country music star Randy Travis was awake and interacting with his family and friends Monday as he recovers from surgery following a stroke, his doctors said.
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STREAMING MUSIC VIDEO SERVICE VIDZONE COMES TO PLAYSTATION

Sony Computer Entertainment America is launching VidZone, an ad-supported streaming music video service now available on the PlayStation 3.
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CAN’T BUY ME LOVE? A LAWSUIT DEBATES IT

Many Beatles fans can barely stand to watch the 1970 documentary “Let It Be,” which throws an unwelcome spotlight on the band’s members as they lecture, criticize and ignore one another while recording what would be their final studio album.
New York Times


US ROCKER SETTLES DIGITAL ROYALTIES DISPUTE WITH SONY

American rocker Eddie Money has reached an out of court settlement with Sony Music regarding the payment of royalties on digital revenues. He was one of many US heritage artists to sue one of the majors following the landmark ruling in the case between FBT Productions and Universal Music.
CMU


PIRACY COLLAPSES AS LEGAL ALTERNATIVES DO THEIR JOB

According to a new report published by Ipsos, between 2008 and 2012 piracy of music, movies and TV shows collapsed in Norway. The report shows that in 2008 almost 1.2 billion songs were copied without permission. However, by 2012 that figure had plummeted to 210 million, just 17.5% of its level four years earlier.
TorrentFreak


QUESTLOVE: TRAYVON MARTIN AND I AIN’T SHIT

"I'm trying not to internalize these feelings about the Trayvon Martin case and make it about me — but hey, it is what it is, and maybe I'm melodramatic. All I'm consumed with is my positioning in life."
New York


SAMSUNG DENIES JAY-Z MAGNA CARTA APP PRIVACY CLAIMS

US civil liberties group the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (Epic) claims the app collects "massive amounts of personal information from users, including location data". Samsung says the complaint is baseless and it takes privacy seriously.
BBC


VICTOR DELORENZO ON HIS DEPARTURE FROM THE VIOLENT FEMMES

Yesterday it was announced that Brian Viglione from Dresden Dolls is the new drummer for The Violent Femmes, replacing founding drummer Victor DeLorenzo.
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THE BEATLES’ ‘WHITE ALBUM’ NUMBER A0000001 IS UP FOR SALE?

When The Beatles released their eponymous double album (aka the White Album) in 1968, each of the original copies were stamped with an individual number starting with “A0000001."
Dangerous Minds


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