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WHY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CHOSE 'THE GOOD WIFE' AND CBS.COM TO PREVIEW 'HIGH HOPES' (ANALYSIS)

For the fifth album in a row, Columbia Records and Bruce Springsteen are turning to television or film to herald the arrival of new music from the rock legend. This time, the embed is deeper with greater permanence, and an attempt to associate Springsteen’s music with images that are beyond his control. That element is far different from any Springsteen has taken in his 40-year recording career.
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ALICIA KEYS ENDS ONE-YEAR BLACKBERRY DEAL: INSIDE THE TROUBLED PARTNERSHIP

When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on Jan. 30, 2013, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement – and maybe even once again a few days after, in an apparent hack scandal.
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DEPECHE MODE DOMINATES HOT TOURS WITH $19.2M GROSS FROM EUROPEAN SHOWS

Depeche Mode tops the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from the second European leg of the Delta Machine tour that played arenas in 18 cities during November and December.
Billboard.biz


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S '20/20' 2013'S BEST SELLING ALBUM, 'BLURRED LINES' TOP SONG

Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" finish 2013 as the year's top selling album and song in the United States, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Timberlake's "20/20," which was released on March 19, sold 2.43 million in 2013 and is the only album that sold more than 2 million copies this past year. Meanwhile Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring Pharrell and T.I., was 2013's top selling song, with 6.5 million sold.
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RICK ROSS SUES LMFAO OVER 'EVERY DAY I'M SHUFFLIN' PHRASE

Hip hop superstar Rick Ross, along with Jermaine Jackson, have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against LMFAO, the Los Angeles-based electronic pop duo of Stefan Kendal Gordy (Redfoo) and Skyler Austen Gordy (Sky Blu). Kobalt Music Publishing and Kia Motors America are also defendants.
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BEYONCE LEADS FOR THIRD WEEK AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200

"Beyoncé" is the first album to spend three weeks at No. 1 since Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" logged three straight frames atop the list (April 6-April 20, 2013). "Beyoncé" is the first album by a woman to notch three weeks at No. 1 since Taylor Swift's "Red" claimed seven weeks at the top (nonconsecutively) in late 2012 and early 2013.
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INSIDE WME'S $2.4 BILLION PLAY FOR IMG (ANALYSIS)

On Dec. 19, after William Morris Endeavor and financial backer Silver Lake announced a deal to acquire IMG, WME co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell addressed the troops in an all-staff phone call. The duo explained why they believe the acquisition is a great opportunity, but the question is, is it really?
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SWEET IRONY: HOW PIRACY LED TO MORE HIT MUSIC

New research out of Tulane University is the latest to debunk the long-touted claim that illegal downloading is destroying the music business, and takes it a step further. A study conducted by law professor Glynn Lunney and unearthed by TorrentFreak today found that contrary to popular (read: record industry) belief, file-sharing may help promote the creation of new music, not hamper it.
Motherboard


FACEBOOK SUED FOR ALLEGEDLY MAKING PRIVATE MESSAGES INTO PUBLIC "LIKES"

Facebook is being sued by two users for intercepting the “content of the users’ communications,” including private messages, with the intent to “mine user data and profit from those data by sharing them with third parties—namely, advertisers, marketers, and other data aggregators.”
Ars Technica


DAVID BOWIE TOPS OFFICIAL RECORD STORE CHART FOR 2013

David Bowie’s The Next Day was the best-selling album across the UK’s independent record shops in 2013. That’s according to Official Charts Company year-end data, which places Arctic Monkeys’ AM in second place and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories in third.
Music Week


RUMOR: YOUTUBE WILL DEBUT LOW-BANDWIDTH 4K STREAMING NEXT WEEK

Watching 4K video is wonderful and all, but with streaming increasingly popular and data caps largely still in place, it also still seems impractical. Not for long, though, if rumors of YouTube's latest schemes are to be believed.
Gizmodo


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