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TICKETMASTER PRESIDENT NATHAN HUBBARD EXITS COMPANY

Sources confirm to Billboard.biz that Hubbard will step down as Ticketmaster president in a deal to be finalized in the coming days.  
Billboard.biz


LADY GAGA VS. KATY PERRY: SUPERSTAR DIGITAL SONG SALES SHOWDOWN

New singles from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are heading for big debuts on Billboard's Digital Songs chart next week -- and both should rack up major sales. 
Billboard.biz


SUB POP SIGNS SHABAZZ PALACES' ISHMAEL BUTLER TO A&R TEAM (EXCLUSIVE)

As an A&R rep at Sub Pop, he’ll approach the industry from a different perspective, helping to sign and nurture new artists while continuing work on Shabazz Palaces’ next album.
Billboard.biz


THE ECHO NEST'S THREE STEPS FOR TARGETING MUSIC SERVICES' MOST VALUABLE USERS (FROM THIS WEEK'S ISSUE)

Taste profiles, most often used to serve up recommendations and connect listeners to other users with like-minded tastes, has the potential to serve another purpose -- predicting which new customers will become high-value ones.
Billboard.biz


LORDE FIRST WOMAN IN 17 YEARS TO TOP ALTERNATIVE WITH 'ROYALS'

With the aptly-titled "Royals," Lorde becomes the first lead solo female to crown Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative chart in more than 17 years – meaning the singer wasn't even alive the last time it occured.  
Billboard.biz


ESTELLE PARTNERS WITH BMG TO LAUNCH NEW LONDON RECORDS (EXCLUSIVE)

"This is a new and exciting move for me," Estelle said in a press release. “BMG has been an awesome partner throughout my career, and with New London we plan to continue bridging the gap between soul, pop, London and New York -- uniting them through music."   
Billboard.biz


LARRY ELLISON SAYS 'WE ALREADY KNOW' APPLE IS DOOMED WITHOUT STEVE JOBS

Larry Ellison dismissed the idea with a wave of his hand. On tomorrow's episode of CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose asks the Oracle CEO how he thought the computer company would fare without his friend Steve Jobs, and his answer was that history will repeat itself again.
The Verge


KATY PERRY ACCUSED OF PLAGIARISM OVER NEW SINGLE, ROAR

Pop fans have drawn similarities between Perry's recent releases and works by Sara Bareilles and Dillon Francis.
Guardian


'SPIDER-MAN' MUSICAL LOOKS FOR FRESH FACES IN HOLLYWOOD

They lined up early on Monday morning with their head shots and résumés in hand, all hoping to land a part in the mega-musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
Los Angeles Times


GRACENOTE PROTOTYPES NEW LIVE MUSIC RECOGNITION APP

The app sounds like it would be the Shazam equivalent to live music and sit alongside the likes of SoundHound.
Music Week


RIFF RAFF ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Riff Raff was arrested on Sunday morning when North Carolina authorities found drugs along with paraphernalia in his vehicle. 
XXL


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