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From the pre-show calls to get everyone seated to the endless procession of songwriting awards to the evening’s rap-a-long finale with up to 40 people on stage, the BMI 2013 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night, was a chaotic affair.
Pandora on Thursday reported earning 4 cents a share in the most recent quarter, twice what analysts had projected. The company then said it should earn from 0- 5 cents per share for the whole year, while it had previously said it could earn as much as 8 cents per share.
Music subscription service Rdio is expanding its "freemium" business model by launching an ad-supported web service in Australia. The service previously offered a limited amount of free listening without advertisements.
MTV is never fond of promoting the age of its annual Video Music Awards and as it turned 30 Sunday night in Brooklyn it worked hard to say it could compete with the raunch of the Internet, the career achievement component of the Grammys and up-to-date promotional power of TV talk shows.
Eminem returns with "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" on November 5. The rapper announced the news through a Beats by Dre commercial which played during tonight's (Aug. 25) MTV Video Music Awards. Check out the 16-second ad below.
Kenny Chesney leads the rest of the field this week, earning the top slot on the Hot Tours tally with box office totals reported from six venues on his No Shoes Nation tour. Concerts at three outdoor amphitheaters and three stadiums generated ticket sales of $15 million for Chesney, who is set to wrap his 2013 tour on August 24.
Classical vocalist brothers Richard & Adam’s “The Impossible Dream” (Sony Music CG) became the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K. artist album chart Sunday (Aug. 25), by moving into a fourth week at the summit. Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at the top of the singles chart.
There is no doubt Spotify is a big deal in music, and for a growing number of music fans it has become the only source for their music consumption. So, with that in mind, this piece is in two parts: how do we get fans to listen to our music on Spotify? And ultimately, does it pay?
The Internet giant's data center in Virginia struggled to keep up with demand, causing several sites to go dark from about 4pm EST on Sunday. Amazon later put the failure down to "the partial failure of a networking device."
Report from IPG Media Lab and YuMe says tablets users are less likely to multitask and pay more attention to video-based ads.
Tonight, at Riot Fest Toronto, the Replacements played their first show in 22 years. Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, drummer Josh Freese, and guitarist David Minehan played a discography-spanning set (check out the setlist below). And now, video has surfaced from the show.
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