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IRVING AZOFF AND MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CO. ANNOUNCE $300 MILLION JOINT VENTURE

The Madison Square Garden Company and Irving Azoff's Azoff Music Management have announced the founding of Azoff MSG Entertainment, a jointly owned company in a $300 million deal that will expand on AMM's artist representation business to include music publishing, television production, live event branding, digital marketing as well as a crowd-funded, talent-scouting television show, "Streets of the City."  
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MSG/IRVING AZOFF'S $300 MIL. VENTURE COULD FULFILL LONGTIME VISION (ANALYSIS)

With Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) the new joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company, Azoff has his management play, along with a publishing play, a multimedia play, a digital play, and a live entertainment play.  
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SIRIUSXM HIT WITH FOURTH $100 MILLION LAWSUIT IN PAST MONTH

The initial lawsuit from Flo & Eddie was filed in California, but if state law rather than federal law applies, why stop there? In fact, Flo & Eddie haven't,. After filing action in California, the plaintiffs filed another lawsuit in New York. And now, Flo & Eddie have struck a third time, with another proposed class action lawsuit against Sirius in Florida court. The Turtles are crawling across the nation.  
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SUPER D ACQUIRES ALLIANCE ENTERTAINMENT, CREATING SECOND LARGEST US MUSIC WHOLESALER (SOURCES)

Super D has acquired Alliance Entertainment in a move that will create the second largest U.S. wholesaler with revenues of about $920 million, sources tell Billboard. The deal closed earlier Wednesday (Sept. 4) and Super D principals Bruce Ogilvie and Jeff Walker were conducting conference calls into the evening with retailers and vendors to reveal the news, sources say.  
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WHAT IS CASSETTE STORE DAY? (Q&A)

A month and some change ago, a small corner of the web was alight with the news of "Cassette Store Day." It was something that, at the time, no one could be sure whether they were looking at a time-consuming troll or a promising, if mildly confusing, new event for the global music community. As details about the companion to Record Store Day have trickled out since that initial announcement, we've become more and more excited that it was the latter.  
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FRED STOBAUGH, 96, BECOMES OLDEST ARTIST TO APPEAR ON HOT 100

An unassuming love letter-turned-song has become an historic hit, as "Oh Sweet Lorraine" by Green Shoe Studio featuring Jacob Colgan and Fred Stobaugh debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 42. The touching song swells to 100,000 downloads sold (up from 6,000 the week before), according to Nielsen SoundScan.  
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SIX SENIOR-LEVEL EXECS' THOUGHTS ON THE FOURTH-QUARTER ALBUM RELEASE (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

"Yes, end-of-year sales are important. Yes, Valentine's Day sales are important. Yes, Mother's Day sales are important. But do you know what is more important? That you have a hit."
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AVENGED SEVENFOLD EARNS SECOND NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200

Rock band Avenged Sevenfold comes flying in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. The group's sixth studio album, "Hail to the King," opens atop the list, selling 159,000 copies in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan).
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BEYOND BAND AID: TECHNOLOGY BRINGS NEW WAYS TO USE MUSIC FOR SOCIAL GOOD

One example is Josh Garrells. Earlier this year he chose to give away his entire music catalogue through Noisetrade, one of the new wave of digital music distributors that allows artists to give away music for free. With 161,245 downloads in two weeks, it raised $71,566 in 'tips' for World Relief's efforts in Congo. But as Josh pointed out in a recent interview, such altruism has only recently become possible.
Guardian


‘MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK’: JOHNNY CASH AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF HIS LONG SUFFERING MANAGER

My Father and the Man in Black is the riveting insider tale not so much of Johnny Cash, per se (although, of course he looms large over the entire narrative) but of his longtime Canadian manger, Saul Holiff, who committed suicide in 2004 and the interaction between these two troubled men that went into creating Cash’s monumental career.
Dangerous Minds


CANADIAN RETAILERS REMOVE LED ZEP DVD FROM SHELVES AFTER BOOTLEG CLAIM

HMV and Best Buy in Canada have pulled a DVD featuring a Robert Plant and Jimmy Page concert filmed in Japan in 1996 after Page’s lawyer declared the release an unofficial bootleg.
CMU


SOURCEAUDIO, A PLATFORM FOR SELLING LICENSED MUSIC, RAISES $1.2M

Co-founder and CEO Geoffrey Grotz, who previously co-founded GameTrailers.com, said the company isn’t building a consumer music store, but rather a platform that will allow musicians and music companies to build their own sites where the people who are looking to license music for their ads, TV shows, or whatever can search for tracks. Normally, a publisher would have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to build a site to host music on their own, Grotz said.
TechCrunch


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