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Big partnerships like Pearl Jam and Fox Sports are just a small piece of the nearly $14 billion that brands will spend around sports in 2013. How can music play a bigger role moving forward? Billboard convened six experts from the world of major-league sports brands, broadcast and labels to find out.
Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees.
Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful owner.
Programmed sounds from the original writers' demos have made their way into such hits as Keith Urban's "Little Bit of Everything," Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here" and Eric Church's "Springsteen." And Music Row's writers have begun to write frequently to tracks, building melodies and/or words on top of pre-existing rhythms and chords, instead of using the words or the melodies as the original inspiration.
Global advertising spending rose 2.8 percent in the first half of 2013, according to latest Nielsen data. Gains in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region drove worldwide growth, but European ad spending continued to decline amid economic challenges.
At its annual award ceremony in London, performing rights organization BMI has awarded Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon its Icon Award, given to artists in recognition of their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."
Filmmakers Lena Dunham, Jason Blum and Casey Neistat will deliver keynote sessions at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival running March 7-15 in Austin, Texas.
"We absolutely see iTunes as a competitive option out there, but we think we are a great service that does this better than anybody else… They have other reasons, selling cell phones or downloads. We sell downloads, but the priority isn't to sell as many downloads as possible."
Microsoft’s newest console, Xbox One, is set for release on November 22 and the brand’s online Xbox Live Gold gaming community currently boasts 48 million paying subscribers. Paul Lipson talks about his company’s vision for music and games and the opportunities on the horizon with the next generation of consoles.
Tom Waits, Sinead O'Connor and Lucinda Williams have signed on to record tracks for a new Blind Willie Johnson tribute album - if fans fund the project online. The Blind Boys of Alabama and Rickie Lee Jones have also agreed to perform a Johnson cover for the album following the launch of a Kickstarter.com crowdsourcing campaign on Tuesday.
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