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BRITNEY SPEARS' 2-YEAR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY: FULL DETAILS (Q&A)

Beginning in December, Las Vegas will be the only place on earth where you’ll be able to see Britney Spears perform over the next two years. After months of speculation, the pop superstar announced her two-year Las Vegas residency show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Billboard.biz


SKRILLEX, WARREN HAYNES TO TAKE PART IN GRATEFUL DEAD CASE STUDY AT BILLBOARD TOURING CONFERENCE

The Keynote Case Study at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference will examine the lasting impact of the Grateful Dead on contemporary touring across a wide range of genres. The session, moderated by Paradigm agent Jonathan Levine, will feature electronic producer Skrillex, rock ‘n roll iron man Warren Haynes, AM Only agent Lee Anderson, Windish Agency agent Sam Hunt, Another Planet Entertainment president, Gregg Perloff, and former Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully.
Billboard.biz


M.I.A., NFL IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER 2012 SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE

M.I.A. is "going to go public" with the NFL's quest for a $1.5 million settlement over her televised middle finger, her lawyer says.
Billboard.biz


MILEY CYRUS HITS NO. 1 ON SOCIAL 50 CHART IN WAKE OF 'WRECKING BALL' VIDEO DEBUT

This week on the Social 50 chart, which ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Wikipedia, Myspace, and Instagram, Miley Cyrus hit No. 1 for the first time while Linkin Park returns thanks to its own 3D game, #LPRecharge.
Billboard.biz


ZAC BROWN, KACEY MUSGRAVES CONFRONT COUNTRY MUSIC'S IMAGE PROBLEM

Like every genre of music, country has its fans and its detractors. But when those detractors include some of the format's own hit making artists -- including Zac Brown, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Allan -- country might well be grappling with an image even as it enjoys some of its biggest successes in both record sales and radio ratings.
Billboard.biz


CAROLE KING IS MUSICARES' PERSON OF THE YEAR

Carole King will be honored as the MusiCares person of the year during the 2014 Grammy Awards week.
Billboard.biz


EXCLUSIVE: JEFF TOIG, FORMER MUVE MUSIC EXECUTIVE, GOES TO SOUNDCLOUD

Jeff Toig, the Cricket Wireless senior vice president behind the creation of subscription service Muve Music, is moving to SoundCloud, the Berlin-based company that offers a popular audio hosting and streaming platform. Toig's team will oversee partnerships with content creators and technology platform partners as well as develop new revenue streams. He will start Sept. 30.
Billboard.biz


UNIVISION MULLING IPO NEXT YEAR (REPORT)

Univision is considering a initial public offering next year, Reuters reported on Thursday. The Spanish-language broadcaster has been private since a $12 billion buyout from Thomas H. Lee Partners, TPG Capital, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn partners six years ago.
Billboard.biz


SEVEN WAYS MUSICIANS MAKE MONEY OFF YOUTUBE

You'd think because "The Internet" equals "music piracy," your favorite pop stars would never make any money from those millions and millions of clicks on their YouTube videos. But YouTube is fast becoming a place -- certainly more so than MTV (which rarely paid artists a cent ) -- where fans can boost the budgets of singers and songwriters.
Rolling Stone


BEYONCE AND JAY Z NAMED TOP-EARNING CELEBRITY COUPLE

Beyonce and Jay Z have been named the highest-earning celebrity couple by Forbes. The pair are reported to have taken home an estimated $95 million (£59 million) in the last year.
BBC


THE SMITHS-'PEANUTS' TUMBLR SHUT DOWN BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC

Last month, we learned that both Morrissey’s words and Charles Schultz’ famed Peanuts comics were true kindred spirits, oddly enough so poetically perfect when combined on the genius Tumblr, This Charming Charlie. But it looks as though play time is over for The Smiths and Charlie Brown.
Consequence of Sound


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