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WARNER MUSIC'S DEAL WITH CLEAR CHANNEL COULD BE GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE U.S. MUSIC BIZ (ANALYSIS)

There's been a lot of confusion online about a groundbreaking new partnership between Clear Channel and Warner Music Group (WMG), but here's what you need to know: Clear Channel is paying artist performance royalties for terrestrial radio to the WMG. It is the first time such a deal has been signed with a major record company in the United States.
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TWITTER FILES FOR IPO

In a Tweet (what else?), the Silicon Valley micro-blogging service said it had filed papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission outlining a proposal to sell shares in the company on the open market. Those looking for details of its planned offering will be disapponted as the documents were submitted "confidentially," the company said.
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ROGER WATERS TO GIVE KEYNOTE Q&A AT TOURING CONFERENCE

Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Pink Floyd and one of the most influential touring and recording artists of all time, will do the Keynote Q&A at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference in New York, set for Nov. 13-14 at the Roosevelt Hotel.
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RESOLUTION'S PHIL CASEY ON CHRIS BROWN'S UPCOMING WORLD TOUR, JOHN SINGLETON DOC, COMMUNITY SERVICE, AND MORE (Q&A)

As previously reported, Brown has signed with full-service talent and literary agency Resolution for worldwide representation in all areas. He was formerly repped by Creative Artists Agency. Resolution senior VP Phil Casey, who will serve as Brown’s agent alongside Everly Lee, tells Billboard.biz that Brown is ready to work and rebuild his public image.
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BEASTIE BOYS' 'PAUL'S BOUTIQUE' SAMPLING LAWSUIT: THE FINE PRINT

A New York judge won't let the Beastie Boys off the hook in an illegal sampling lawsuit brought by TufAmerica, which owns rights to the musical compositions of Trouble Funk, an R&B group from the '80s. Here's why Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch came out ahead anyway in a judge's ruling this week.
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ELECTRIC ZOO FEST DEATHS RULED DRUG OVERDOSES

The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled that two concert-goers who died at an electronic music festival overdosed from MDMA or ecstasy.
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LEGENDARY SOUND ENGINEER RAY DOLBY DIES

Ray Dolby, the inventor and engineer whose surname became synonymous with high-quality cinema sound, died Sept. 12 at home in San Francisco at 80.
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RECORD STORE DAY'S ADAPTER INAUGURAL PRIZE WINNERS INCLUDE TAME IMPALA, POSTAL SERVICE, GZA, RODRIGUEZ

The Record Store Day coalition has named the recipients for its first-ever Adapter prize, so named after specially designed 45 adapters presented to winners. Among this year's winners: Tame Impala the Postal Service, GZA and Rodriguez.
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PHARRELL TALKS ABOUT BATTLE OVER 'BLURRED LINES'

Even though Pharrell is engaged in a battle with Marvin Gaye's estate over Robin Thicke's megahit "Blurred Lines," he wants to make one thing clear — he has incredible respect for the late soul legend. "I'm a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch," Pharrell said on Thursday night.
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ILLEGAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS HAVE FALLEN BY A THIRD, SAYS OFCOM REPORT

February brought the news that global music revenue saw its first (admittedly modest) upswing since 1999, with a 9% growth in digital sales giving the sector some much-needed lift. That’s not all: tidings also emerged that a new generation of music listeners were gravitating away from illegal downloading. According to Ofcom’s latest report, the number of illegally acquired tracks has tumbled by a third over the last 12 months.
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WATCH: FIONA APPLE AND CHIPOTLE CHANNEL WILLY WONKA TO SLAM FACTORY FARMING

This is the beginning of Chipotle's new promotional campaign, built around the character of the Scarecrow — and the Mexican-themed restaurant chain is playing the long game. For the video, which is technically to promote Chipotle's free iOS game of the same name, the company enlisted singer Fiona Apple, the Oscar-winning animators at Moonbot Studios, and the Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley song "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 cult classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
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