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ADVERTISING WEEK: HOW FOUR KEY AGENCY MUSIC SUPERVISORS FIND THE PERFECT SONG

Behind every great use of a song in a commercial, there's a few good music supervisors who've helped scout that track -- sometimes over the course of a month or two, but often in a matter of days or even hours. As Advertising Week descends upon New York this week, Billboard puts a spotlight on four notable music supervisors and agencies making songs and artists the stars of some of the year's biggest campaigns.
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NIRVANA’S ‘IN UTERO’ TURNS 20: EX-GEFFEN EXECS' REMEMBRANCES, ANECDOTES, MARKETING STRATEGY (HOW 'RAPE ME' BECAME 'WAIF ME')

Nirvana had much to live up to following the release of its groundbreaking 1991 album, “Nevermind.” But, with the weight of the world on them, the grunge trio surprised (and perhaps alienated) many with its raucous and emotionally raw follow-up two years later.
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HAS COUNTRY MUSIC GONE ONE TOKE OVER THE LINE?

Lately, drug references of all kinds have been creeping into country songs, several of which have become radio hits in a genre long held to more stringent family friendly guidelines than other formats. 
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BUSINESS MATTERS: HOW GOOD WAS ITUNES RADIO'S START?

Just how good was iTunes Radio's start? Pretty good. Apple announced Monday that iTunes Radio picked up 11 million listeners in its first five days of availability.  
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MICHAEL JACKSON-AEG TRIAL REACHES CLOSING ARGUMENTS

A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family on Tuesday portrayed concert promoter AEG Live LLC and Jackson's doctor as mercenaries who sacrificed the pop star's life in a quest to boost their own fortunes. 
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GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR TAKES POLARIS PRIZE, WILL DONATE $30K CHECK

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the post-rock, variably cacophonous and somnambulant Canadian music collective which has re-emerged over the past few years following a decade-long hiatus, has won the 2013 Polaris Prize for its record "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!" released last October by Constellation Records.  
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SIMONE BOSÉ EXITS AS CHAIRMAN OF PARLOPHONE SPAIN

Simone Bosé, chairman of Parlophone Music Spain & Portugal, has announced he will leave his post on September 30. Bosé’s departure comes in the wake of EMI and Warner's merger in Spain.  
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CASH KINGS 2013: THE WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID HIP-HOP ARTISTS

Sean “Diddy” Combs hasn’t always agreed with FORBES’ evaluations of his wealth. “[Screw] the Forbes list,” he rapped on a Rick Ross song three years ago. “Let’s tell the truth: I ate more.” These days, however, the hip-hop mogul is changing his tune.!
Forbes


STREAMING MUSIC SERVICE DEEZER PUTS FAITH IN CURATED FEEDS

Mark Foster, managing director of the U.K. and Ireland for Paris-based streaming service Deezer, is a veteran of the music industry, working as marketing manager for a wide variety of record labels as far back as the second half of the 1980s.
Wall Street Journal


WHY BIG TECH WANTS TO RULE ONLINE RADIO

Perhaps you've noticed, but competition in the online radio space has heated up lately. This month alone, tech giants Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) released significant updates to their respective online music presences. So what do these new or updated music services look like, and what are their implications for this growth market?
The Motley Fool


KANYE WEST'S VAULTING AMBITION DOES HIM – AND OTHERS – A DISSERVICE

Kanye West doesn't do many interviews these days but he knows how to make each one count. That is, of course, if you can define what happened on Radio 1 last night as an interview. Zane Lowe was less an interrogator than a hostage negotiator trying to process a series of outlandish demands while maintaining at least a veneer of normality.
Guardian


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