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AEG LIVE'S OUTGOING CEO RANDY PHILLIPS: 'IT'S JUST A JOB'

Randy Phillips, ousted yesterday as president/CEO of AEG Live, the concert promotion arm of Anschutz Entertainment Group, was predictably upbeat when he talked to Billboard today. “I ended a 13-year run [at AEG Live] having the biggest year the company ever had, working with great people I hired trained and mentored,” he says. “I’ve got a great contract, they’re honoring it, I was terminated without cause, so life’s good.”
Billboard.biz


QELLO COMES TO PS3

PS3 users can subscribe for unlimited access to the HD streaming library for $4.99 a month, or a try-out the service with a 15-day free “All-Access Pass.”
Billboard.biz


'AMERICAN IDOL' PRODUCERS SLAM RACIAL DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

In a motion to dismiss, the producers say the show features enough African-Americans, is protected by the First Amendment and isn't a "rigged contest."
Billboard.biz


MARVIN GAYE'S OLDEST SON SUES ROBIN THICKE OVER FOUR DISPUTED SONGS

The singer is hit with a second countersuit over "Blurred Lines."
Billboard.biz


AMAS DOMINATE TWITTER TRAFFIC (EXCLUSIVE)

The American Music Awards engaged record levels of social media activity while attracting their largest television viewing audience in four years. AMAs dominated Nelsen’s Twitter TV Ratings for the week of Nov. 18-24 as more than 7.6 million tweets went out during the broadcast and were read by an audience of 10.23 million, according to Nielsen SocialGuide.
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VIVENDI TO GO FORWARD WITH DEMERGER OF MEDIA, TELECOM DIVISIONS

French conglomerate Vivendi and its telecommunications arm SFR are splitting into two companies, it was announced today after an analysis of the move began in early September.
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TORI KELLY TO CELEBRATE BILLBOARD'S WOMEN IN MUSIC EVENT WITH 'CANDID COVERS' CONCERT

The surging singer-songwriter will perform a live “Candid Covers” session, a new addition to this year’s program which will open-up to Kelly’s fans.
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ROSS ON RADIO: RADIO NOW SELLS MUSIC, BUT WHO'S BUYING IT?

For years, radio was emphatically not in the business of selling records. Now, major broadcasters have launched various label/artist initiatives and pre-release specials of superstar albums have become a regular part of the landscape. But how can radio sell records at a time when an increasing number of listeners are choosing to stream, not buy?
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COUNTRY MUSIC DEAL PAIRS CLEAR CHANNEL AND CMT

With country music ascendant as one of the strongest genres in the music business, the radio giant Clear Channel Communications has announced a partnership with the country cable television channel CMT that will involve cross-promotion on the two companies’ various media platforms, and Clear Channel taking over the distribution of a popular CMT radio show.
New York Times


EX-SINGER OF LOSTPROPHETS ADMITS SEX OFFENSES

The former lead singer of British rock band Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offenses, including trying to rape a baby.
AP


MILEY CYRUS LEADS 'TIME' PERSON OF THE YEAR POLL, BUT IS IT RIGGED?

Headline magnet Miley Cyrus is leading Time magazine's Person of the Year online poll, with nearly 28% of the votes as of Thursday night. The pop star is ahead of former NSA defense contractor Edward Snowden, as well as notable figures in politics, religion and entertainment.
Mashable


LADY GAGA DOCUMENTS 'DO WHAT U WANT' IN BITTORRENT BUNDLE

The video for Lady Gaga and R. Kelly's duet "Do What U Want," which appears on the former's new record Artpop, will see release on December 3rd through a unique "BitTorrent Bundle" courtesy of the file sharing service and Vice.
Rolling Stone


RADIOHEAD'S THOM YORKE CLASHES WITH MOBY OVER SPOTIFY CRITICISM

Radiohead and Atoms For Peace frontman Thom Yorke has clashed with Moby after the US artist criticised Yorke's attacks on Spotify.
NME


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