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P!nk has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year and will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City sponsored by COVERGIRL and City National Bank. The distinction will cap off an exciting year for the woman born Alecia Moore, who scored her fourth No. 1 single on the Hot 100 earlier this year with "Just Give Me a Reason," a duet with Fun.'s Nate Ruess.
On-demand music service Rdio and broadcast radio network Cumulus Media have entered into a partnership that will provide Rdio reach and resources and give Cumulus an additional online platform for its content.
Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow has been contracted to remain in his post through 2019. The Academy’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend his contract, which was set to expire in 2015. Portnow became president in 2002 and was promoted to president/CEO in 2007.
Audiosocket, a music licensing company, has signed a deal to provide SourceAudio with a new fingerprinting technology aimed at reducing the growing number of conflicts over copyright ownership on YouTube. The conflicts have been characterized as inadvertant at best and, at worst, a land grab as copyright owners rush to capture a piece of YouTube's rapidly growing revenue pool.
Kobalt will represent the band for all of their new works, including their next album. The independent music company will also provide creative services and sync licensing worldwide for music use in film, TV, advertising, games, and other media.
Arctic Monkeys became the first independently-released group to score five consecutive U.K. No. 1 albums yesterday (Sept. 15). The Official Charts Company reports that “AM” (Domino) sold 157,000 last week.
Patti Webster, founder and CEO of well-known and highly respected public relations agency W&W Public Relations, Inc., died on Sept. 13 after a prolonged illness.
Twitter #Music is now on Spotify, the 140-character sharing network announced yesterday. Twitter #Music analyzes popular music based on the volume of tweets and mentions of that song on Twitter, and curates it in a playlist where users can easily connect with the artist on Twitter.
The pop diva's new single "Work Bitch" has leaked online a full day before it was expected to premiere on Monday night. Spears had teased fans about the release of the single for weeks via a countdown clock on her website, which has "Work Bitch" scheduled to launch on Sept. 16.
Depeche Mode fans scouring Ticketmaster's website for unsold seats to the band's September 20th show, at Gexa Energy Center in Dallas, will find $900 tickets marked "RESALE" just a few rows up from $140 tickets sold for face value. It's part of an experimental new program, TM+, which makes it easier than ever for artists' fans to scalp their own tickets online.
This week, Larry Rohter, a culture reporter for The Times, talks to host Ben Ratliff about two potentially precedent-setting music-copyright cases in recent news, involving the bid to recapture rights by the authors of “Money (That’s What I Want)” and “Y.M.C.A.” They also discuss the matter of Robin Thicke vs. the heirs of Marvin Gaye over the rhythmic feel of “Blurred Lines” vis-à-vis “Got To Give It Up.”
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